1 Samuel 31, 2 Samuel 1
The Once & Future King

In this weeks sermon, Mark Hordyk continues our sermon series on the life of David. If you've ever wondered why David is referred to as a man who is after God's own heart, this passage highlights some key aspects of David's character.

When David is informed that Saul and all of Sauls heirs have died, he doesn't celebrate the fact that he has been handed kingship over Israel. He immediately begins to grieve and mourn the loss of  Saul, a man who has spent most of his time trying to take his life.

We see a deeply counterintuitive human reaction from David and it shows us David's heart is pointing right to God's will for his life, instead of his own ambitions or relief from these trials. David has spent a lifetime practicing forgiveness, setting his mind on the things of heaven and living out his faith. We see this over and over again in the book of Psalms which was primarily written by David himself.   We also see that when we fear (respect) God, we become more and more like the people God created us to be. 

Tune in this week as Mark goes a little deeper into this fascinating illustration of what it looks like to put God first in our lives, and, in the case of Saul, what it looks like when we put all of our hope into earthly idols.