Many of you know that I am a fan of movies. I love stories, and movies today are the canvas on which some of the best stories are told. I tend to be most attracted to epic stories of great heroism. Movies like Lonesome Dove, Band of Brothers, Cinderella Man, and Braveheart are some of my favorites. Each movie features a man who must overcome adversity through strength of character to accomplish something great.
For some of the same reasons why I love movies, I also love the Old Testament narratives of God’s original generals. Men like Moses, Joshua, Daniel, and Joseph. Men who God used to accomplish amazing things as they trusted Him in the face of great opposition. In all of the Old Testament, however, there is one man who has more written about him than any other — King David. All said, there are 66 chapters in the Old Testament written about David. David is described as a man after God’s own heart and someone who led Israel with integrity of heart and skillfulness of hands. God blessed David in big ways, and made sure that much of it was recorded for us in Scripture so that we could read it now, some 3,000 years later.
Why did God give us so much info on David, though? Why did he choose to give us 66 chapters on the king, and not one chapter on what happened to the dinosaurs? Well, I think the answer to that question is best answered by understanding one thing: the Bible is a book about God and His relationship with mankind. The events included in the Bible’s 66 books are events that help us all understand Him better, and how He desires that we relate to Him.
Over the next three weeks at Wildwood, we will be walking through a trilogy of messages centered out of the early days of King David’s life. God willing, these messages will help us to understand God more as the “Lord of the king.” Hope to see you Sunday at Wildwood as we begin this adventure together!