David On His Deathbed


As we look at David's counsel to Solomon, we realize this could be a father’s counsel to any child.

“Keep the charge of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, according to what is written in the Law of Moses” 1 Kings 2:3.

King David, upon passing the throne to his son, offered two pieces of advice. David’s first advice to his son Solomon was to “be strong.” But that wasn’t all. He also encouraged his son to walk with the Lord. David’s concern for his son was not only that he be strong, but also that he walk with God, obey the Word of God, and be encouraged by Scripture. Most of all, David wanted his son to be a man of God, so he gave Solomon God’s formula for success (Joshua 1:7). What is that? It is to obey the Word of God; by doing so, he would fulfill God’s destiny for his life.

As we look at this counsel of a father charging his son, we realize this could be a father’s counsel to any child: “Be a person of God, and then you will fulfill your destiny and understand ultimate success. This means being in the will of God, doing the will of God, and doing what God has called you to be and do.” Good advice for David to give Solomon. And good advice for you to give your child.

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