A New Kind of King

But you’ve gotta make your own kind of music   Sing your own special song
Make your own kind of music  Even if nobody else sings along  The hardest thing to do

Mamas and the Papas

King David made his own kind of music.  He was part warrior a d part poet.  David wrote: “Blessed be the LORD, my rock,who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war.  O God, I will sing a new song to you;with a ten-stringed lyre I will chant your praise,  You who give victory to kings,and deliver David, your servant from the evil sword.”

David changed the way Israel and the Church worshiped.  David also changed the way Israel fought battles.   Unlike Goliath,  who uses the very best of old technology,  David is on the cutting edge of warfare.         Both the Philistines and the Israelites were unaware slings had replaced full body armor years ago.   Accomplished slingers like David were as deadly as a rifle.

It didn’t take a genius to spot Goliath.  He was almost ten feet tall with an undefeated record.  It’s much more difficult to spot a Goliath like the Pharisees.  Like David,  Jesus prayed, sang and fought the demons of hell in the wilderness.   His Goliath took the form of an angel of light, the Pharisees.    The only thing wrong with the Pharisees was their heart.   The Pharisees’ power source was the same that fueled Goliath, the devil.

Jesus brought new weapons to the war field.   In the past, the Sabbath and the temple rituals pointed toward God.    The Pharisee’s heart resembled the withered hand.   After centuries of spiritual neglect,  Jesus took one of the stones from the heavenly Jerusalem and slew the Goliath that had become the Sabbath.   Instead of a place of salvation, it became a place of bondage.

The New Covenant in Jesus changed the rules.    In Jesus’ kingdom, the cross is its greatest weapon.  Turning the other cheek heals a withered heart.    Forgiveness wins the day instead of hurling insults.     Like David, we run to our Goliath’s not to cut off their head but to offer them a cup of cold water.

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