Last week we looked at David’s source of strength. Today, we continue in our series, “David’s Dying Words,” with his second command to Solomon.
2. Determine to Obey
“Keep the charge of the LORD your God, walking in his ways and keeping the statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses.” (1 Kings 2:3).
There are two parts to this command. First: be faithful to the calling that God has placed on you. For Solomon, that meant his calling as king, so David says, “Know who you are, know what God has called you to do, and be faithful to the charge that God has placed on you.
What is your calling? There are many different callings – husband, wife, parent, pastor, elder, boss, employee, neighbor, student. But one thing is constant – if you’re God’s child, you’ve been drafted into His service…and you didn’t have a vote. It’s not a personal choice – it’s a command. God, in His grace and by His sovereign plan, has positioned you somewhere to be part of what He’s doing.
Do you take your calling seriously? I’m deeply concerned about the passivity of the Body of Christ. I’m deeply concerned about Western culture ‘consumerism Christianity’. And sometimes I wonder what an army we could be if we took our calling seriously.
We don’t lack calling - we lack faithfulness; we lack seriousness; we lack willingness; we lack perseverance. Don’t look at the leaders of Christ’s Church as the only ones who are called. Everyone is called to God’s service.
Here’s the second part of “Determine to Obey”: live inside of the boundaries of God’s revelation. For Solomon, the Law of Moses was the Scripture of the day. David is saying to his son, “Take Scripture seriously; live inside of its boundaries.”
Just as we must take our calling seriously, we must take God’s Word seriously. Is God’s Word a practical, functional, “rubber-meets-the-road” street-level guide for everything you do, everything you say, everything you choose, everything you desire, everything you think? Is your life dominated by the Word of God? Is your life a picture of joyful, faithful obedience to His commands?
Hear this: everybody keeps the law - the issue is, who writes the law you keep? Are the laws that guide your life God’s laws, or is there a gap between your confessional allegiance to the Word of God and the functional way that you live every day?
David is a father who knew what it was like to pay the price of stepping outside of God’s boundaries. There’s no way that David could say these words to Solomon without reflecting on his own life. There’s no way that he could have said these words without there being a twinge of grief and a twinge of regret, although God had forgiven him. And he longed for his son a different pathway than his own life.
Paul David Tripp
- What do you think is the calling that God has on your life right now?
- Are there ways in which you could be taking that calling more seriously than you do?
- Where might you be straying outside the boundaries of God’s law?
- How can you encourage others to stay inside God’s boundaries?