The Story of Patriarchs and Prophets
by Ellen G. White
Chapter 73: The Last Years of David
< Prev T. of C.
When he felt that death was approaching, the burden of
David's heart was still for Solomon and for the kingdom of Israel,
whose prosperity must so largely depend upon the fidelity
of her king. "And he charged Solomon his son, saying, I go the
way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and show thyself
a man; and keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in His
ways, to keep His statutes, and His commandments, and His
judgments, and His testimonies, . . . that thou mayest prosper in
all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: that
the Lord may continue His word which He spake concerning
me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before
Me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there
shall not fail thee (said He) a man on the throne of Israel."
1 Kings 2:1-4. [p. 754]
David's "last words," as recorded, are a song—a song of trust,
of loftiest principle, and undying faith:
"David the son of Jesse saith,|
And the man who was raised on high saith,
The anointed of the God of Jacob,
And the sweet psalmist of Israel:
The Spirit of Jehovah spake by me: . . .
One that ruleth over men righteously,
That ruleth in the fear of God,
He shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth,
A morning without clouds;
When the tender grass springeth out of the earth,
Through clear shining after rain.
Verily my house is not so with God;
Yet He hath made me an everlasting covenant,
Ordered in all things, and sure:
For it is all my salvation, and all my desire."
|2 Samuel 23:1-5, R.V.|
Great had been David's fall, but deep was his repentance,
ardent was his love, and strong his faith. He had been forgiven
much, and therefore he loved much. Luke 7:48.
The psalms of David pass through the whole range of experience,
from the depths of conscious guilt and self-condemnation
to the loftiest faith and the most exalted communing with God.
His life record declares that sin can bring only shame and woe, but
that God's love and mercy can reach to the deepest depths, that
faith will lift up the repenting soul to share the adoption of the
sons of God. Of all the assurances which His word contains, it is
one of the strongest testimonies to the faithfulness, the justice, and
the covenant mercy of God.
Man "fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not," "but the
word of our God shall stand forever." "The mercy of Jehovah
is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear Him, and
His righteousness unto children's children; to such as keep His
covenant, and to those that remember His commandments to do
them." Job 14:2; Isaiah 40:8; Psalm 103:17, 18.
"Whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever." Ecclesiastes 3:14.
Glorious are the promises made to David and his house, promises
that look forward to the eternal ages, and find their complete
fulfillment in Christ. The Lord declared: [p. 755]
"I have sworn unto David My servant . . . with whom My
hand shall be established: Mine arm also shall strengthen him.
. . . My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him: and in My
name shall his horn be exalted. I will set his hand also in the sea,
and his right hand in the rivers. He shall cry unto Me, Thou art
my Father, my God, and the Rock of my salvation. Also I will
make him My first-born, higher than the kings of the earth. My
mercy will I keep for him forevermore, and My covenant shall
stand fast with him." Psalm 89:3-28.
"His seed also will I make to endure forever,|
And his throne as the days of heaven."
"He shall judge the poor of the people,
He shall save the children of the needy,
And shall break in pieces the oppressor.
They shall fear thee while the sun endureth,
And so long as the moon, throughout all generations. . . .
In his days shall the righteous flourish;
And abundance of peace, till the moon be no more.
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
And from the river unto the ends of the earth."
"His name shall endure forever:
His name shall be continued as long as the sun:
And men shall be blessed in him:
All nations shall call him blessed."
|Psalm 72:4-8, R.V., 17.|
"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and
the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall
be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting
Father, The Prince of Peace." "He shall be great, and shall
be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give
unto Him the throne of His father David: and He shall reign
over the house of Jacob forever; and of His kingdom there shall
be no end." Isaiah 9:6; Luke 1:32, 33.
< Prev T. of C.