Failing Like King David

Read it: This is a look back at the Walking on the Roof with King David Series.  You may want to review any notes you’ve made, actions you’ve taken, or prayers you’ve written.


Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.

Give careful thought to the paths for your feet
 and be steadfast in all your ways.

Do not turn to the right or the left;
 keep your foot from evil.

-Proverbs 4:25-27


Think it through:

Was King Solomon thinking of his dad when he wrote these words? Was this wisdom passed down, not just from King Solomon to his son, but first from King David to young Solomon? David certainly had plenty of mistakes and failures to learn from.

Almost every post in this series has been about David’s real or perceived mistakes and failures. Nothing from our Bible study series in II Samuel inspired me as much as my study of II Samuel 11. The idea of walking on the roof, idling there, just looking for trouble by not fixing my gaze directly before me.

King David made mistakes—many!—yet in Acts 3 we read that God Himself called David “a man after my own heart.” I cannot think of a higher compliment.

I try so hard to take heed of Solomon’s wisdom and give careful thoughts to the paths of my feet. I set out with my eyes looking straight ahead, determined to be steadfast in all of my ways. I make mistakes.  Yet I desperately hope that God will greet me in Heaven someday by saying, “Welcome, Shannon, woman after my own heart!”


Live it like you mean it:

What do you want God to say when He greets you in Heaven? (I’m suddenly hearing lilting strains of “My Father’s Eyes.”) Block out some time on your calendar—just ten minutes will do—to prayerfully consider your answer.

I have no idea what joys Heaven will hold for me. I’d love to start my time there with a nice, long chat with Jesus on a high, grassy hill. Next, of course, I’ll want to reconnect with loved ones who beat me through the pearly gates. But after all of that…I’m longing to meet David.

David inspires me. He makes me shake my head. He makes me laugh. He scares me a bit. He makes tears spring into my eyes. He helps me raise my hands in praise.

I’m not done studying David. I’ll never get tired of his story. And sooner or later I’ll be writing about him again on this blog… I’m thinking about a series in Psalms…


Lift it up:

Lord, thank You so much for all of the precious words You’ve given me to study. Thank You especially for the written record of David—the youth and the king. Please open my heart to all of the things You’d like me to learn from his mistakes and failures so I can keep my feet from evil. I so want to be a woman after Your own heart. Amen.


Tell me about it:

How do you identify with King David?

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