The spiritual journey of King David was the focus of the 2018 Our Daily Bread Conference in Westminster Chapel, London. About 1,000 people, from across London and the South East, gathered in March to worship Christ and hear the Scriptures explained by former pastor and author Bill Crowder.
In the first of four addresses, Mr Crowder, vice-president of Our Daily Bread Ministries’ teaching, introduced us to David, who, as 1 Samuel 16:7-12 shows us, was a ‘man after God’s own heart’.
Although Samuel focused on the ‘tall, dark, handsome’ oldest sons of Jesse, it was the youngest son, the ‘least’ of them, that God chose to anoint as future king. Israel already had a ‘tall, dark, handsome’ king in Saul, and now the country was in a terrible state.
Samuel was not to look at the outward appearance. ‘When we allow ourselves to be governed by the external and physical, and not by the spiritual, we have a problem’.
Following a short break, the second session focused on 1 Samuel 17 and David’s battle against Goliath of Gath. This was not a ‘small guy versus big guy’ story, but a heavenly contest between the pagan, polytheistic gods of the Philistines and the one true God of Israel. David did not display ‘the hubris of youth’, but confidence in God.
David’s great God
‘David’s size as a young man might be in question, but the size of David’s God is never in question. He knows the God whom he has trusted in the past is the God worthy of being trusted in that moment’. The central theme of Scripture is that God saves.
After lunch, the third session focused on the darkest point of David’s life, his adultery with Bathsheba and murder of her husband Uriah. ‘It may be that a king can do what he likes, but this was not acceptable to God. We have to own our own actions before God and trust him for grace and mercy. To repent is the only appropriate response, as it is against him we have sinned’.
The last session focused on the consequences of David’s sin, the fall-out among his children. ‘Whatsoever a person sows, that he shall reap. This ought to get our attention. This means we need God to help us make better choices’.
He concluded: ‘Broken people do bad things to other people. In such a world we have to have hope. Psalm 23 and other psalms show us that, out of the pain and horror of the choices and consequences David’s actions had, David still had hope in God’.