1Chronicles 12 reminds me that David started accumulating a following of mighty men long before he became king. That many chose to faithfully serve under the promised heir of the throne even while there were those who tried to prevent him from taking the throne. And the roll call of those who “went over to David” (12:8) or “came to David” (12:23) or “deserted to David” (12:19) culminates with this:
All these, men of war, arrayed in battle order, came to Hebron with a whole heart to make David king over all Israel. Likewise, all the rest of Israel were of a single mind to make David king. And they were there with David for three days, eating and drinking, for their brothers had made preparation for them.
(1Chronicles 12:38-39 ESV)
Determined to follow, though their leader was not yet visibly crowned. Committed to seeing his kingdom established, to making him king, with a whole heart and of a single mind. And my thoughts go to the greater David.
I’m no mighty man, save for the power of God made perfect in my weakness (2Cor. 12:9). Couldn’t swing a sword if my life depended on it, unless, perhaps, it was “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17). I’ll never march in the infantry . . . ride in the cavalry . . .shoot the artillery . . . I won’t ever fly o’er the enemy . . . but I’m in the Lord’s army (whoa! where’d that flashback come from?).
But by God’s grace, I have come to Jesus, the greater David. I have gone over to the promised heir of heaven’s eternal throne. I have, by faith, deserted to the kingdom of God’s beloved Son, having been delivered from the domain of darkness (Col. 1:13). And, with a whole heart and of a single mind, I want to make the greater David, Jesus the Messiah, king.
I desire to identify with all those drawn to come to Him. I long to gather with those who, at least in their hearts, have gone AWOL from the kingdoms of this world to be near to His side. And together, with those who have gone over to Jesus with a whole heart and of a single mind, to make Him king.
King of my life, I crown Thee now
Thine shall the glory be
Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow
Lead me to Calvary ~ Don Moen
Gathered today at Calvary — under the shadow of a cross on which He gave Himself for me — to the yet to be manifested King of Heaven . But anticipating a day when we’re gathered together at a banqueting table, eating and drinking, with the King who has come in all His glory.
With a whole heart, of a single mind.
Because of grace. For His glory.