I’ve been spending a lot of time recently in the Old Testament, reading up on history of God’s relationship with His people. Reading through some of the old laws that the Hebrew people followed almost militantly, but with great honor and diligence towards their God.
I started reading excerpts of the Prophets who spent much of their lives in solitude to hear the voice of the Lord for a Nation under so much turmoil and transition. I read the promises of God to His people and continue to read out the history on how not once was one of these promises forgotten.
And then I read about the Hero’s of old. The stories that birthed so many epic dreams as a child of Noah building an ark and watching as the animals simply came to him, Daniel and the Lions den, Moses freeing the Hebrews, Hosea called to Love especially when it hurts to do so. Stories of Samson, Jacob, Joseph and Samuel.
But none of these stories in my opinion carry as much weight for me as the story of David.
The boy, who in a simple act of feeding his brothers in war, becomes a hero for standing up to a giant. A musician who through the sound of his voice and the skills of his hands calms the demons of his King. A worshipper, who’s deep seated passion for the Lord brings favor and anointing to which results in the envy of many and God naming him “A man after My own heart”. A outlaw, who running away from the King, chooses to honor his enemy and allow God to follow through with His promises. A brother, who knew how to love the unlovable, who turns out to be his brothers in arms and the mightiest of men. A King, who rules justly and establishes the Nation of God under the sole purpose of worshiping the Lord. And a Father, who trains up his son to understand the fullness of what it means to be a great king and still a better worshiper.
I opened my bible again to 1 Chronicles 29 and love how the book concludes on Davids life essentially with a prayer as he sets up his son to be king and to build the temple.
10 David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,
“Praise be to you, Lord,
the God of our father Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name.
A few verses later he so beautifully hands the crown over to his son Solomon, blessing his reign over Israel and the Lord favored Solomon higher than any other King.
For myself, I read this and I just see the power in living life and loving well, it was the legacy that David left his son Solomon. David all in all, was really nothing special to the naked eye, but from the very beginning as a boy tending his sheep, he was focused on keeping the main thing the main thing. He knew the importance of worship and he knew the importance of honor. And these were the cornerstones of his life even to the very end. And the greatest gift a Father can give is the gift of Identity. David knew who his Heavenly Father was and had such an intimate relationship with Him that Solomon from a young boy knew that he was his Fathers son. And from this Identity he walked into his own legacy of being the greatest King Israel has ever know.
As I sit and think about all of this, I can only thank the Lord that my earthly father carries some of the same passions for legacy, honor and love like David. My earthly father is still one of my greatest hero’s. And as Fathers Day approaches, I can only scratch the surface to thank him for the legacy he is leaving and the mark that he is forever putting on our family. I am eternally grateful for that man. And am so honored to be named after him.
Marshall Wayne Heppner.
I am my Fathers Son. Just as the story of David establishes this Identity with our Heavenly Father, I get the privileged of walking this legacy out with my earthly father as well.