2 Samuel 7:11-16 // `Furthermore, the Lord declares that he will make a house for you—a dynasty of kings! 12 For when you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will raise up one of your descendants, your own offspring, and I will make his kingdom strong. 13 He is the one who will build a house—a temple—for my name. And I will secure his royal throne forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. If he sins, I will correct and discipline him with the rod, like any father would do. 15 But my favor will not be taken from him as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from your sight. 16 Your house and your kingdom will continue before me for all time, and your throne will be secure forever.'”
David had lived a life full of honor. He honored the Lord and became a passionate worshipper and active participant in the covenant. He honored his father, Jesse by shepherding the sheep and being a good steward of all them…even when he was overlooked as a potential anointed one. He honored the covenant made with Jonathan. He honored Saul, who seemed like an enemy, but to David was Gods man…even when it was apparent he was no longer walking with God.
David received DOUBLE HONOR. He was promised a legacy that Saul was not. He received double what Saul did.
Although I’m sure it meant a ton to David…the physical recipients were the descendants of David. They were benifactors because their father made the hard choices.
I have one daughter and a son on the way at this point…I want o make the tough choices and hope they get the benefits of them. I want to walk in such a way I honor others I serve…knowing there is great benefit in that alone. I want my children to grow up in a culture where honoring others is normal. I want them comfortable with serving others….and receiving honor when the time comes.
That is what I want my heritage as a father to be.