Have you ever been asked who your favorite person is from the Holy Bible? If you have a favorite, who is it? What makes that person your fave? I love to consider Daud (David) when I ponder these things, because that man taught me so much. You do know that the Word calls Daud a “man after my (Yahuah’s) own heart”, right? Yes, Yahuah refers to Daud as a man after His own heart.
That is beautiful, because Daud was a nuclear catastrophe of a man.
You knew that already, right? Right? 🙂
After Yahuah allows Daud to kill the giant, leading to the immediate conquest of the Philistine army and the great victory for Israel, and after elevating Daud to King and making Daud the best king in the history of Israel, Daud did some bad things. Really bad. Stoning offense bad. Daud should have been stoned to death for two distinct violations of the commands of Yahuah.
He summoned the wife of his friend and next-door-neighbor, Uriah, to his bedroom and planted his seed in her. That’s adultery and worthy of death for both Daud and Bathsheba (Uriah’s wife).
Then, when that seed grew sufficiently to prove Bathsheba was pregnant, Daud tried to deceive Uriah into thinking the baby was his own. He did this by summoning Uriah back to Israel from some war (I forget with which kingdom) on official business. Daud thought Uriah would sleep in his own home and have sex with Bathsheba, but no.
Uriah was a wholly dedicated servant of Daud, and chose instead to sleep on the ground at the gate of the palace in honor of the men still fighting the war far away. He would not go home and would not know his wife until his men also returned to Jerusalem. Uriah was one of Daud’s “mighty men”. Literally. A premier example of good character and fighting ability.
Daud then decided that Uriah had to die, and wrote a letter to the commanding general of the war requesting that Uriah be ordered to lead a charge against the gates of the enemy city. Uriah knew he would die the moment he learned of his task. Daud and the general both know that Uriah would die in that attack.
Daud murdered Uriah by sending Uriah to certain death.
The murder was, in my opinion, an act of mercy to Uriah, who certainly would have chosen death rather than to know that his best friend had seduced his own wife and impregnated her while Uriah was away fighting his best friends wars. Plus, the other leaders would perhaps lead a revolution against Daud if they found out that Daud was sleeping with Bathsheba. What other wives, they would wonder, has Daud summoned to his bed in their absence?
What kind of scum does what Daud did? The worst kind.
A man after Yahuah’s heart.
Yahusha will rule from the throne of Daud.
So what do we learn from this?
Very much, indeed.
First, Yahuah is merciful and forgiving to all who seek His mercy and forgiveness. Daud truly loved Yahuah, and studied Torah continually.
Second, Daud was a man and mankind disobeys Yahuah. We sin. Our closeness to Yahuah does not make us sinless. Only perfect obedience to the commands of Yahuah can make us blameless, and who has done that? Still, Daud’s sins were great. He was worthy of death, for sure, but the Words reminds us that Daud was a man after the heart of Yahuah.
Daud loved Yahuah, and Yahuah loves Daud. Daud is in heaven and if I were to guess, I would guess that Bathsheba is, too. How could she not worship Yahuah, living with Daud? He worshiped Yahuah and studied Torah continually.
You see, study and adherence to Torah is key to a right relationship with Yahuah. Yes, Yahusha (aka Jesus) said that loving Yahuah and loving our neighbor as we loved ourselves summed up the Law and the Prophets, but Yahusha also said that Yahuah was greater then himself. Therefore, the commands of Yahuah are greater than the commands of Yahusha. That is necessarily so.
And Yahusha only came to do the Will of His Heavenly Father. Why? Because Yahuah is the Aleph and the Tov. He is I Am. He IS. Yahusha is His son and servant. Yahusha is perfect in His worship of His Father.
We are called to know Torah, and to abide throughout our lives in harmony with the commands of Yahuah. These commands are throughout the Book and they are easy to understand. The Holy Spirit of Yahuah will teach each of us according to our current level of understanding, and He will increase our understanding as we endeavor to submit more fully to Truth.
Yahuah knows precisely where each of us stands in relationship to Him. He will perfectly judge each of us and reward all who follow Him according to what we have done that was in obedience to His Words. Those crowns in heaven? Think light, as in plasma. No weight, just glory 🙂
Most importantly, we want to release our personal pride and egos and offer our heart to Him. We want to simply let go of this wicked natural life and live in the grace of His Will. We are aliens here. We do not belong here and we will never be comfortable here. We hate the world and the world hates us.
But no matter. Who cares? The important thing is this: That you continue to study Him and to embrace Him as your Father. We will experience trials. We will sometimes suffer very much. People will laugh at us, scoff at us; mock us; lie about us; lie to us; rob us; isolate us; tempt us; spit on us and every wicked thing they can come up with. Yet still we stand.
When we leave this earth, we will have finished the race. We will have stood and remained standing. We will have kept the faith, faith being obedience to His commands. When we pass from this existence to life, we will immediately wish we had done more in His name. We will keenly desire to have been better children. That will be important to us on His side of the curtain.
But just Like Daud, who failed so badly, Father will love you and welcome you home. You will arrive there fully forgiven of everything, with no sin remembered by Yahuah.
How important was Torah to Daud?
Psa 119:1 “Blessed are the upright in the way, who walk in the Law of Jehovah.
Psa 119:2 Blessed are those keeping His Testimonies, who seek Him with the whole heart.
Psa 119:3 They also do not work evil; they walk in His way.
Psa 119:4 You have commanded to carefully keep Your Precepts.
Psa 119:5 O that my ways were fixed to keep Your Statutes!
Psa 119:6 Then I shall not be ashamed, when I look to all Your Commands.
Psa 119:7 I will thank You with integrity of heart, in my learning the judgments of Your righteousness.
Psa 119:8 I will keep Your Statutes; do not forsake me utterly.
Psa 119:9 BETH: By what shall a young man purify his way? To keep it according to Your Word.
Psa 119:10 I have sought You with my whole heart; do not let me wander from Your Commands.
Psa 119:11 I have hidden Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You.
Psa 119:12 Blessed are you, O Jehovah; teach me Your Statutes.
Psa 119:13 I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth with my lips;
Psa 119:14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your Testimonies as over all riches.
Psa 119:15 I will meditate in Your Precepts and I will regard Your paths.
Psa 119:16 I will delight myself in Your Statutes. I will not forget Your Word.
Psa 119:17 GIMEL: Deal bountifully with Your servant that I may live, and I will keep Your Word.
Psa 119:18 Open my eyes and I will see wonderful things from Your Law.
Psa 119:19 I am an alien in the earth; hide not Your Commandments from me.
Psa 119:20 My soul is breaking for the longing to Your judgments in every season.
Psa 119:21 You have rebuked the proud, the cursed ones who go astray from Your Commands.
Psa 119:22 Roll from me reproach and scorn; for I have kept Your Testimonies.
Psa 119:23 Princes also sat, speaking against me; but Your servant meditates on Your laws.
Psa 119:24 Your Testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.
Psa 119:25 DALETH: My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to Your Word.
Psa 119:26 I have declared my ways, and You answered me; teach me Your Statutes.
Psa 119:27 Make me understand the way of Your Precepts, and I will meditate on Your wonders.
Psa 119:28 My soul drops with grief; Lift me up according to Your Word.
Psa 119:29 Remove from me the way of lying, and favor me with Your Law.
Psa 119:30 I have chosen the way of truth; I have held Your judgments level;
Psa 119:31 I have clung to Your Testimonies; O Jehovah, do not shame me.
Psa 119:32 I will run the way of Your Commands, for You shall enlarge my heart.
Psa 119:33 HE: O Jehovah, teach me the way of Your Statutes, and I will keep it to the end.
Psa 119:34 Make me understand and I will keep Your Law, and observe it with the whole heart.
Psa 119:35 Make me walk in the way of Your Commands, for in it I delight.
Psa 119:36 Bow my heart to Your Testimonies, and not to unjust gain.
Psa 119:37 Turn my eyes from seeing vanity; in Your way give me life.
Psa 119:38 Make Your Word sure to Your servant, who is devoted to Your fear.
Psa 119:39 Turn away my shame which I fear; for Your judgments are good.
Psa 119:40 Behold, I have longed for Your Precepts; grant to me life in Your righteousness.
Psa 119:41 VAU: By Your Word, according to Your salvation, let Your mercies come to me, O Jehovah.
Psa 119:42 And I will answer the one reproving me a word; for I trust in Your Word.
Psa 119:43 And do not take the Word of Truth completely out of my mouth; for I have hoped in Your judgments.
Psa 119:44 And I shall keep Your Law continually, forever and ever.
Psa 119:45 And I will walk in a wide space, for I seek Your Commands.
Psa 119:46 And I will speak of Your Testimonies before kings, and will not be ashamed.
Psa 119:47 And I will delight myself in Your Commandments, which I have loved.
Psa 119:48 And I will lift up my hands to Your Commandments that I love; and I will meditate on Your Statutes.
Psa 119:49 ZAYIN: Remember the Word to Your servant, on which You made me hope.
Psa 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction; for Your Word has given me life.
Psa 119:51 The proud have scorned me utterly; I have not veered from Your Law.
Psa 119:52 I remembered Your judgments from of old, O Jehovah, and I take comfort.
Psa 119:53 Hot zeal has seized me because of the wicked forsaking Your Law.
Psa 119:54 Your Statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimages.
Psa 119:55 O Jehovah, I have remembered Your name in the night and have kept Your Law.
Psa 119:56 This was done to me, because I kept Your Commandments.
Psa 119:57 CHETH: Jehovah is my portion; I have said to keep Your Words.
Psa 119:58 I entreated Your face with all my heart; favor me according to Your Word.
Psa 119:59 I mused on my ways and turned my feet to Your Testimonies.
Psa 119:60 I hurried and delayed not to keep Your Commands.
Psa 119:61 The cords of the wicked encircle me; I have not forgotten Your Law.
Psa 119:62 At halves of the night I will rise to give thanks to You because of Your righteous judgments.
Psa 119:63 I am a companion of all who fear You; yea, of those who keep Your Precepts.
Psa 119:64 O Jehovah, the earth is full of Your mercy; teach me Your Statutes.
Psa 119:65 TETH: You have done good with Your servant, O Jehovah, by Your Word.
Psa 119:66 Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I have believed Your Commands.
Psa 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray; but now I have kept Your Word.
Psa 119:68 You are good and do good; teach me Your Statutes.
Psa 119:69 The proud have forged a lie against me; I will keep Your Precepts with all my heart.
Psa 119:70 Their heart is like fat, without feeling; I delight in Your Law.
Psa 119:71 For my good it was for me that I was afflicted, to learn Your Statutes.
Psa 119:72 The Law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver.
Psa 119:73 JOD: Your hands made me and fixed me; give me discernment that I may learn Your Commands.
Psa 119:74 The ones fearing You will see me and rejoice; for I hoped in Your Word.
Psa 119:75 I know, O Jehovah, Your judgments are right; and in faithfulness You afflicted me.
Psa 119:76 Please let Your mercy be for my comfort, by Your Word to Your servant.
Psa 119:77 Let Your mercies come to me that I may live; for Your Law is my delight.
Psa 119:78 Let the proud be ashamed, for with lies they perverted me; I will muse on Your Precepts.
Psa 119:79 Let those fearing You turn to me, and knowers of Your Testimonies.
Psa 119:80 Let my heart be blameless in Your Statutes, that I may not be ashamed.
Psa 119:81 KAPH: My soul is being consumed for Your salvation; I hope in Your Word.
Psa 119:82 My eyes faint for Your Word, saying, When will You comfort me?
Psa 119:83 For I am like a wineskin in the smoke; I do not forget Your Statutes.
Psa 119:84 As what are the days of Your servant? When will You execute judgment on my persecutors?
Psa 119:85 The proud have dug pits for me which are not according to Your Law.
Psa 119:86 All Your Commands are faithful; they persecute me with lying; help me!
Psa 119:87 In a little while they had almost finished me on earth; but I did not forsake Your Precepts.
Psa 119:88 Give me life according to Your mercy, and I will keep the Testimonies of Your mouth.
Psa 119:89 LAMED: Your Word is settled in Heaven forever, O Jehovah.
Psa 119:90 Your faithfulness endures to generation and generation; You founded the earth, and it stands.
Psa 119:91 They stand by Your judgments to this day, for all are Your servants.
Psa 119:92 If Your Law had not been my delight, then I had perished in my affliction.
Psa 119:93 I will never forget Your Precepts; for with them You gave me life.
Psa 119:94 I am Yours save me; for I have sought Your Precepts.
Psa 119:95 The wicked waited for me, to destroy me; I will consider Your Testimonies.
Psa 119:96 I have seen an end to all perfection; Your command is exceedingly broad.
Psa 119:97 MEM: Oh how I love Your Law! It is my meditation all the day.
Psa 119:98 You make me wiser than my enemies by Your Commands; for they are forever mine.
Psa 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers; for Your Testimonies are a meditation to me.
Psa 119:100 I understand more than the aged, for I keep Your Precepts.
Psa 119:101 I have kept my feet from every evil way, to keep Your Word.
Psa 119:102 I turned not from Your judgments; for You have taught me.
Psa 119:103 How sweet are Your Words to my palate! More than honey to my mouth!
Psa 119:104 By Your Precepts I know; so then I hate every false way.
Psa 119:105 NUN: Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Psa 119:106 I have sworn and I rise to it, to keep Your righteous judgments.
Psa 119:107 I am greatly afflicted; O Jehovah, give me life according to Your Word.
Psa 119:108 Please, O Jehovah, accept the free offering of my mouth, and teach me Your judgments.
Psa 119:109 My life is in my hand continually, yet I do not forget Your Law.
Psa 119:110 The wicked have laid a snare for me; yet I do not wander from Your Precepts.
Psa 119:111 I have inherited Your Testimonies forever; for they are the joy of my heart.
Psa 119:112 I have bowed my heart to do Your Statutes always to the end.
Psa 119:113 SAMECH: I hate the halfhearted; but I love Your Law.
Psa 119:114 You are my covert and my shield; I hope in Your Word.
Psa 119:115 Depart from me, O evildoers, for I will keep my God’s Commands.
Psa 119:116 Uphold me by Your Word, that I may live; and let me not be ashamed of my hope.
Psa 119:117 Hold me up and I will be saved; and I will always look to Your Statutes.
Psa 119:118 You have trampled all who go astray from Your Statutes, for their deceit is falsehood.
Psa 119:119 As dross You have made all the wicked of the earth to cease; so I love Your Testimonies.
Psa 119:120 My flesh has shivered because of Your fear; and I have feared Your judgments.
Psa 119:121 AYIN: I have done judgment and righteousness; leave me not to those who oppress me.
Psa 119:122 Be surety for Your servant for good; let not the proud oppress me.
Psa 119:123 My eyes faint for Your salvation, and for the Word of Your righteousness.
Psa 119:124 Deal with Your servant by Your mercy; and teach me Your Statutes.
Psa 119:125 I am Your servant; make me consider, and I will know Your Testimonies.
Psa 119:126 It is time for Jehovah to work; they have broken Your Law.
Psa 119:127 Therefore, I have loved Your Commands, more than gold, even fine gold.
Psa 119:128 Therefore, I count wholly right all the Precepts; I have hated every false way.
Psa 119:129 PE: Your Testimonies are wonderful; so my soul keeps them.
Psa 119:130 The entering of Your Word gives light, giving discernment to the simple.
Psa 119:131 I opened my mouth and panted; for I longed for Your Commands.
Psa 119:132 Turn to me and favor me, as is the way to those who love Your name.
Psa 119:133 Fix my steps in Your Word; and let no evil rule over me.
Psa 119:134 Redeem me from the oppression of man; and I will keep Your Precepts.
Psa 119:135 Make Your face shine on Your servant, and teach me Your Statutes.
Psa 119:136 Channels of waters have gone down my eyes, for they do not keep Your Law.
Psa 119:137 TZADDI: O Jehovah, You are righteous, and Your judgments upright.
Psa 119:138 You have enjoined Your Testimonies as righteous and very faithful.
Psa 119:139 My zeal has eaten me up, for my enemies have forgotten Your Word.
Psa 119:140 Your Word is pure and Your servant loves it.
Psa 119:141 I am small and despised; I do not forget Your Precepts.
Psa 119:142 Your righteousness is forever, and Your Law is truth.
Psa 119:143 Distress and anguish have found me; Your Commands are my delight.
Psa 119:144 The righteousness of Your Testimonies is everlasting; make me understand and I will live.
Psa 119:145 QOPH: I cried with my whole heart; O Jehovah, answer me; I will keep Your Statutes.
Psa 119:146 I cried to You; save me, and I will keep Your Testimonies.
Psa 119:147 I go before the dawn of day and cry; I hope in Your Word.
Psa 119:148 My eyes go before the night watches, to meditate on Your Word.
Psa 119:149 Hear my voice by Your mercy, O Jehovah; give me life by Your judgment.
Psa 119:150 The pursuers of mischief draw near; they are far from Your Law.
Psa 119:151 You are near, O Jehovah, and all Your Commands are truth.
Psa 119:152 Of old I have known from Your Testimonies, for You have founded them forever.
Psa 119:153 RESH: Look on my affliction and deliver me; for I do not forget Your Law.
Psa 119:154 Contend for my cause and redeem me; give me life according to Your Word.
Psa 119:155 Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek Your Statutes.
Psa 119:156 O Jehovah, Your tender mercies are great; give me life according to Your judgments.
Psa 119:157 My persecutors and enemies are many; I do not turn from Your Testimonies.
Psa 119:158 I saw those acting deceitfully and was grieved, because they did not keep Your Word.
Psa 119:159 See how I love Your Precepts, O Jehovah; give me life according to Your mercy.
Psa 119:160 The sum of Your Word is true; every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.
Psa 119:161 SHIN: Princes have persecuted me without cause; but my heart has feared at Your Word.
Psa 119:162 I rejoice at Your Word, as one who finds great spoil.
Psa 119:163 I hate and despise lying; but I love Your Law.
Psa 119:164 I praise You seven times a day because of Your righteous judgments.
Psa 119:165 Great peace is to those who love Your Law, and there is no stumblingblock to them.
Psa 119:166 O Jehovah, I have hoped for Your salvation, and have done Your Precepts.
Psa 119:167 My soul has kept Your Testimonies, and I love them very much.
Psa 119:168 I have kept Your Commands and Your Testimonies, for all my ways are before You.
Psa 119:169 TAU: Let my cry come near You, O Jehovah; give me wisdom according to Your Word.
Psa 119:170 Let my prayer come before You; deliver me according to Your Word.
Psa 119:171 My lips shall pour forth praise when You have taught me Your Statutes.
Psa 119:172 My tongue shall answer Your Word, for all Your Commands are righteousness.
Psa 119:173 Let Your hand help me; for I have chosen Your Precepts.
Psa 119:174 I have longed for Your salvation, O Jehovah; and Your Law is my delight.
Psa 119:175 Let my soul live and it will praise You; and let Your judgments help me.
Psa 119:176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant; for I do not forget Your Commandments.