Hello and welcome! This is the Geeks Under Grace daily devotional where we dive into the Bible everyday. We take devotionals from bible.com and read the verses, devotional, and give our own commentary. Sometimes we will have multiple writers, but most of the time it will be just me. I hope you enjoy and comment with your own commentary.
This devotional is titled “Stellar Kart – The Overflow Devo”. It is only 7 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“And when he had removed him, he raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said, ‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.”
“Criminals and Kings” is one of the first songs I wrote for this album. I was searching for answers in the Bible about my purpose, both personally and professionally and I was drawn to the stories about King David. The book of Samuel calls David a “man after God’s own heart” and I wanted to know what earned him that distinction. No doubt, King David was one of the most celebrated characters in the Bible for his leadership, service, and relationship with God. But his sins were many, and they were horrific. How can a man who commits adultery and murder be a man after God’s own heart? Ultimately, David had absolute faith in God and loved Him with all his heart. He made mistakes because even as a celebrated, powerful king, he was human and flawed.
This song is about the struggle between what God calls us to be (kings), and what our human nature wants us to be (criminals). I want to be a man after God’s own heart and fulfill my call to be a king on this earth, but it is so frustrating when my criminal nature takes over and brings me down. I’m thankful that God loves me in spite of my failures and that if His forgiveness covers David’s sins, it erases mine too.
Everyone struggles with this. We all want to do what is pleasing to God. We want to do His plan for our lives and yet… We have to fight our flesh. The flesh that immediate pleasure and long term suffering. It really is the ultimate internal battle. Thank God for His forgiveness as there is no way we can defeat our flesh on our own.