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Up and Down!

May 20, 2013

As we have made our way through the series of sermons on The Life of David, we have witnessed a man whose life was filled with ups and downs, highs and lows.  David was not immune to the dangers and afflictions of this life. Some were undoubtedly the result of his own unrighteousness. Other times were the result of standing against the unrighteousness of others.  Yet, through it all David remained a man of praise and prayer.  No matter where he found himself, he would always eventually turned to God, who is worthy to be praised (2 Sam. 22:4).  Through it all David was prayerful and praise-filled. Even at the end of his life. While his body may have grown old, his heart did not grow cold. On the contrary, it seemed he praised God all the more because he realized just how good God had been to him over the years.  While David had on occasion failed God, God had never failed David.  Yes, David fell, but his falls were never final. Though he went low, he always knew God was for him with goodness and mercy.

Looking at the life of David I am reminded also that we are never too high that we can’t be brought low. Nor are we ever too low that we can’t be reached and redeemed by God.  Meditating on the highs and lows, strengths and weaknesses of David, a man after God’s own heart, I have found myself recalling the lyrics of the hip-hop artist Ambassador’s Up Down:

Don’t get beside yourself

Better remind yourself

You never know where you find yourself

Maybe up or down – Maybe stronger or maybe weaker

Either way the grace that saves ya is the same grace that keeps ya

While we remain in the flesh, none of us are immune to the ups and downs of our struggle with sin within and without. And yet it behooves us to remember that our God rolls with us as we roll through the seasons and valleys of our lives. In fact, David would encourage us to remain prayerful and praise-filled because God is worthy to be praised – up or down!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Mulwa Teka permalink
    May 20, 2013 3:25 pm

    Amen!

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