Leaving a Worthy Legacy
Today’s scripture selection: Second Samuel 20-23
Key verse: Second Samuel 23:3b-5
Without question, David had lived a long, turbulent, but ultimately fruitful life.
His last words are recorded in scripture, which begin:
“’When one rules over people in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings grass from the earth.’”
Not many of us can say we “rule” over people in any sense of the word. But David’s legacy might well be one we should seek. Not to rule – but to live a life that, above all, honors God.
David wasn’t a perfect man – far from it. He had failed many times. But He was also a man of faith. And he was a man who could admit his sins and humbly come back to God when he had strayed; trusting God would renew his heart and accept him back.
And because of that, when it was all over, he could claim unashamedly that he had indeed “ruled” in righteousness.
Not only that, as we see the biblical story unfold, we learn that it was from David’s line that the long awaited Messiah comes. Jesus – the “Son of David” – ruling on David’s throne for all time.
What a legacy: to be part of the salvation of all people from their sins when only a sinner himself.
Who knows what God might have in store for you?
So take a lesson from the shepherd boy turned king:
When you live your life seeking God, you can be like the sunlight on a cloudless morning; the brightness after a storm.
Who wouldn’t want a legacy like that?
Prayer: Father, I seek Your light and Your will, that my life might be radiant as it reflects them. AMEN.