About King David God called David a man after His own heart. This is the shepherd boy and later the king of Israel! David was courageous and strong in battle, trusting in God for protection. David wrote in Psalm 23:6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
And now I’d like to introduce to you another David, also a man after God’s own heart.
I met David in graduate school over 40 years ago. In fact, I met him on the first day of class! He was sitting at the end of the cafeteria table and everyone introduced ourselves. During that first year of school, I noticed him many times on campus and particularly in chapel.
Not too many music majors went to chapel, but there was David…everyday… sitting very close to the front. He was always taking notes. This should have been my first clue that here was a man of commitment…commitment to The Lord and His Word.
As summer school rolled around, the campus took on a more relaxed attitude. Students often met outside the dorms on the grass for some fast and furious games of volleyball. David and I met again. This time we were on opposite sides of the net. I suppose David wanted to let me know he had noticed me, too. He spiked a ball which came right down into my face. Hard! So hard, my glasses were broken. So hard, I thought my nose was broken. I was determined not to cry because I thought he would think I was trying to get attention. He was thinking I would never speak to him again. Really? Was he kidding me? He had not spoken to me since that first day of class!! We began to date that summer.
Fast forward to a year later. We were married on May 18, 1973 and went immediately to Seattle to work as student summer missionaries. As we worked side by side, I realized even more the depth of commitment David had to The Lord: as he led the congregation in worship, as he led groups in Bible study, as he talked to children about Jesus, as he prayed for God’s will in our lives.
Here is just one of many examples. We were late to a dinner commitment an hour away. It was a cold, dark rainy evening during a Northwest winter. (For those of you who have never been to Seattle, it is dark by 4:15 in the winter.)
We were caught in heavy Seattle traffic on the freeway, when suddenly we had a blow out. David made his way across three lanes of traffic to the shoulder. Before we got out of the car, we divided the tire-changing tasks. Quickly, doors were open. We were out into the downpour and the trunk was up. Suddenly…David said, “Wait. We forgot to thank the Lord!” Are you serious? But we stood there with our backsides getting soaked as David followed the Lord’s admonition to “be thankful for all things.” That is commitment.
In 2001 David was diagnosed with Early Onset Parkinson’s Disease. We watched as slowly the disease began to cause his body to stiffen. As the years have passed, he has been given more medicines and higher doses. Yet David pushes himself to keep active. You will not hear him complain. He recently has had two brain surgeries to try to slow down the disease. We wait to see how the Lord will continue to heal and work in David’s life. Remember the scripture verse above? …the one penned thousands of years ago? Those words could also be said for today’s David!! Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
A Celebration of Commitment
On May 18th we celebrate 40 years of marriage, 40 years of commitment to each other. It has also been 40 years of watching David be an example of what it means for a husband and father to be committed to The Lord. The photograph above was taken of David kneeling as he read his Bible by the side of our bed…a commitment to stay in God’s Word.
Links to other posts about Commitment
This post is one of several written about commitment. If you missed the others, you can find them here.
Commitment, Part 1 http://thememoryforever.com/one-powerful-word-commitment/
Commitment, Part 2 http://thememoryforever.com/commitment-part-2/
An Ultimate Commitment http://thememoryforever.com/an-ultimate-commitment/