The Sum of a Life


an-obituaryEach week I read the obituaries in my local newspaper. They are fascinating statements of what families and friends think are important about their loved ones.

A recent obituary noted a man’s age and that he could be found on any given Sunday at a local racetrack. The eulogy went on to list the man’s dead and living relatives and their spouses for 5 generations.

Had the man been alive, I wonder whether he’d find his weekly trip to the racetrack and the names of his relatives and their spouses the true sum of his life.

King David’s eulogy was simple. These are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; thus says the man raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel (2 Samuel 23:1).

The great king of Israel summed up his life as the youngest son of an insignificant shepherd-farmer whom God elevated. God promoted him from being a shepherd, to servant in the house of the previous king, to giving David an eternal promise. All David had and was came from the God who had chosen him. He was also an artist whose every song bore an undeniable testimony of God’s goodness and faithfulness.

David’s obituary gave no mention of those he was leaving behind or his great achievements. Instead, he gave all the honor to his God.

What will be said of you?

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