MARKS OF A DAVIDIC PEOPLE
Much is said in the Word regarding the character of David. Equally significant is a cry for that character within the hearts of God's people upon the earth today. Indeed, if a man begins to yield his heart to God as David, Davidic markings could imprint the body, provide to the world more than the traditional images of church/religion….they need to see a people whose hearts are "full with God" as according to the Hebrew word "Shalom."
I would like to list four attributes worthy of reflection regarding David—this special man who God referred to as a man" after His own heart." If we become a people marked by Davidic character, it will take more than a romance with its worship, its city, and even its prophetic significance. God is looking to keep this generation within the supernatural, the cry of a passionate heart—He is looking to flood the dry places in our lives, and seeking to awaken His body out of its slumber, fear, and apathy.
Isaiah 55: 10-11 "As the rain and the snow come down from Heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is My Word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
FIRST: THE MARK OF A DAVIDIC PEOPLE DEALS WITH OUR PRIDE:
A Davidic People are abandoned to their worship even to the risk of indecency.
Second Samuel 6:16-21 says 14, And David danced before the LORD with all his might; David was girded with a linen ephod. 15, So David and the entire house of Israel brought up the Ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. Besides, as the Ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
Forget those around you, cast aside your inhibitions! When God's people encounter the supernatural presence of God there is a deathblow to our ego, intentions, as well as our agenda. And for men, God deals with our false image of masculinity! When you have experienced the supernatural presence of God,a nd the weight of heaven falls upon us, you are changed. When one arrives at the heavenly intersection where Heaven intersects our humanity, we, like David, become abandoned to self. Our life, begins to be filled with living breathing worship everywhere you go.
David danced before the Lord with all his might because he arrived at the intersection in a state of desperation.
Remember, the Ark had been absent. Maybe too long to remember. But the Bible reveals that David unlikely forgot what people and leaders often forget; the importance of the presence in all of our endeavors of ministry and service to God. Too often, ministry and our christian walk becomes reduced down to ritual and form.
David knew what it meant to his people, and to his nation as well as to himself! When the Ark returned, nothing would take away from his zeal, especially himself. It caused David to abandon himself to worship in all Israel's presence losing even consciousness of his royal dignity and position.
His position as King quickly drifted into obscurity for the absolute devotion of his heart and mind to honor Hashem—How much more for you and me who are of noble royal descent as New Covenant believers.
Fellow journeymen, you are called to the same devotion and abandonment. And also know, that there will be those who will despise your liberty and freedom. These objectors may come from within loving relationships like family and close friends. For David, it came from his wife Michal. Let our response be; "I will be yet viler and abase myself in my own sight for sake of God."
SECOND: A DAVIDIC PEOPLE TREAT THE PRESENCE
& GLORY WITH FEAR.
2 Sam 6:13, and it was so, that when they that bare the Ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings."
There is always proper preparation for handling the presence. It must never be taken lightly or casually. No doubt, David thoroughly investigated Uzzah's death when he attempted to bring the Ark to Jerusalem on a new cart. (You can read of this in verse 6 of chapter 6.) It is a fearful thing to know that a good man like Uzzah could have bad things happens to him for handling the Ark of God's presence inappropriately. This, for sure, made an indelible image upon him because we see David advancing with a newfound caution that may not have been present before; He walked "six paces" and then sacrificed.
Interestingly, the number six represents "human weakness" as well as the "fullness of our human effort." David finally had understood the limitations of his own effort and found his weakness at the expense of a good man. How often in life, we come to learn our liability at the cost of someone else, maybe someone dear to us. Whatever and however our journey moves us these awakenings, one thing we can count on with absolute certainty—WE MUST COME TO THE END OF SELF!
David had to know the end of himself before he was able to take the seventh step. And so often, it is this step that is the most defining of actions in our life. It is often where we dangerously falter. The seventh step is the step of sacrifice, surrender, and absolute vulnerability. It is the place of desperation for divine intervention. The area of unconditional surrender!
THIRD: A DAVIDIC PEOPLE HAVE INNOCENT HEARTS.
A Davidic people have a childlike innocence. They do not think the worst of people. They are not cynical minded or suspicious. There is a naïveté of the world around them, even among their enemies. What a refreshing idea in a cynical world such as ours. Is there such a thing anymore?
Anyone, following the relationship of Saul and David, quickly realizes the enormity of Saul's embittered soul towards David. Saul was filled with murderous intent. Yet, David stood steadfast with an innocent heart, often unaware of the very schemes to take his life. You see, the innocence of heart always puts God at the forefront of your battles. It is "HE" who desires to vindicate and protect. The struggle is that man takes matters into their own hands, leaving no room for God to move.
In first Samuel 18:11-16, it says: And Saul cast the javelin; for he said, I will smite David even to the wall with it. Moreover, David avoided his presence twice. 12 And Saul was afraid of David, because the LORD was with him, and was departed from Saul. 13 Therefore Saul removed him from him, and made him his captain over a thousand; and he went out and came in before the people. 14 And David behaved himself wisely in all his ways, and the LORD was with him. 15 Wherefore when Saul saw that he behaved himself very wisely, he was afraid of him. 16 But all Israel and Judah loved David because he went out and came in before them.
This portion of scripture is one of 21 attempts of Saul to slay David. Repeatedly David was put forward in the ranks of the armies of Israel and feeling even privilege. However, he was so innocent of heart that he had no clue that in promoting him to the front lines, Saul had hoped the philistines would kill him. In a world where naiveté is not an attribute, one recognizes or admires, the opposite is true of the Davidic people. When the brash self-reliant Eliab taunted young David, how many would have risen with indignation at the spirit of this elder brother?
Nevertheless, David remained calm; he knew that "He who ruleth his spirit, is greater than he that taketh a city." Davidic people are called to rule their spirit well. And when we are beset at home, or at work, face ridicule and derision, let us remember that our real conflict is not the scorner of the situation, but with ourselves. We must seek to control ourselves, then we shall be victorious on all fronts. The secret of David's victories is that he never sought to glorify himself, but he sought to honor God in all that he did. Hear these words; that all the earth may know there is a God in Israel.
Consider John the Baptist, how he turned away from temptations that were set before him to proclaim Messiah, saying, "He must increase that I may decrease." Maybe some would have remained in the front when it was time to go the rear. Great men of faith have performed heroic feats by putting God uppermost and seeking His Glory first. That was the secret of their successes. Often I believe, we succeed in little because we always aim for our own honor. Men who are still grasping after greatness and distinction never get them – they only degrade and belittle themselves by their efforts in the end. The Bible says, "They that honor Me, I will honor." David's heart was full, peaceable, and quiet with the Lord. Our hearts cannot be filled with the world's ambitions to become a people whose hearts are full of God. We are to become a people of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such, there is no law. These are attributes of a people whose hearts are perfect.
FOURTH: A DAVIDIC PEOPLE HAVE THEIR AFFECTIONS SET ON HIM,
AND THE TABERNACLE IN EXTRAVAGANT WAYS.
God is looking for an extravagant people whose hearts are set on "HIM, and the Tabernacle of His presence. The Word affections encompass our heart, our mind, goals, and desires. Thus the affections of God cannot compete with any other attachments in one's life. Hence, it is not communal with the world's preferences like your business, investments, job, position, etc. In t Chronicles., 29:3, we have a picture of how extravagant David and the people of Israel were towards the house of God.
1 Chr 29:3 Moreover, because I have set my affection to the house of my God, I have of mine own proper good. Of gold and silver, which I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house.
David gave his own wealth, one million six hundred ninety thousand dollars worth in refined gold and silver. What would also be many millions of dollars worth of brass, iron, wood, precious stones, marble stones, and other materials? With this kind of leadership over the people, the results were additionally impressive. The people gave from there own free will and additional, one hundred sixty-six million, eight hundred sixty-four thousand, and three hundred and twenty dollars, worth of gold, silver, brass, iron, and precious stones.
FIFTH: THE PRESENCE DESTROYS YOUR DOLS.
Are you willing to pay the price?
In I Sam 5:1 it says;
1 And the Philistines took the Ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod. 2 When the Philistines took the Ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. And when they of Acceded arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the Ark of the LORD. They took Dagon, and set him in his place again. 4 And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the Ark of the LORD. The head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were, cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was, left to him.(KJV)
Man is always zealous for the Ark of His presence, but the cost runs too high too often. You see, whenever and wherever the presence comes, the idols of our life become its target; religion, control, materialism, all unconsecrated areas become its prime targets because it is not passive. It is aggressive. It seeks to cut the hands and head off every idol that resides in one's life; that is when it is allowed free access throughout the land of our hearts.
So, it is no surprise that often it is here that we fall tragically short. We choose not to go the distance. Would be to God in this hour that a people would rise with hearts set on the affections of God, a people whose hearts are moved with the extravagance for God's house and His presence without fear of what one might lose. Rather, live with an excitement for what one will gain!