David of Agony

There is no greater agony than having your own child turn against you. There are so many qualities that I admire about King David!  Faith and courage to stand before a giant, compassion on King Saul after the king tried to kill him, a great musician, beautiful writer of the Psalms, a lover…the list goes on and on, what an amazing man and what an exciting life!  

But could “incredible father” be added to the list?  Perhaps it could. There are many children that chose the wrong road even when excellence was modeled to them.  I don’t know.  

But David!  The man we teach in Sunday School, the handsome warrior in the Bible, what a tragedy, what a broken heart that I do not envy!  His own son, Absalom, turned on him and tried to kill him. 

Christians are not free of hurt.  We are not promised a life of luxury. Why do so many turn away from God when life gets hard?  Why does the world observe suffering and conclude, “There is no God.”  David, the man of many sorrows proclaimed, “I call out to the Lord and he answers me.”  

More than imitating the David standing before Goliath or the king of prosperity, I want to remember and imitate the David that knew who God was and called out to him, even during overwhelming tragedy. 

“The Lord sustains me.”

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14 thoughts on “David of Agony

  1. All I ever asked of God was to protect the ones I love.
    I would have to see their suffering and their death and love it.
    I conclude that nothing is mine.
    Even the consequences of my choice between good or evil, the apparent extent of free will (except to love or curse God), can not be predicted.
    Who needs us?

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  2. Suffering and death are designed to turn you to God? “Be happy, love death”? What “free will” can accept that? Wisdom appears to be capitulation… Oh, now I get it!

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  3. I was so surprised to find this today. Yesterday, I was working on a post about David and his writing of the Psalms first coming from a place of suffering and despair. Even through his sorrow and fear, because of his focus on gratitude, the Psalms transformed into the uplifting poetic praise book we know it to be.
    Your post today is speaking to my heart. God bless you.

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  4. Very good blog! Do you have any hints for aspiring writers?

    I’m hoping to start my own blog soon but I’m a little lost on everything.

    Would you suggest starting with a free platform like
    Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out
    there that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any suggestions?
    Thanks a lot!

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    • there are so many options! find what fits you. i am not much of a techie, wordpress is easy to use. i paid for my domain name. one of the biggest suggestions i can give you is to have a strong name and strong titles. like you said, there is so much out there. grab attention. let me know how it goes!

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