Show Thyself A Man
“Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying, I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.” (1 Kings 2:1-4)
Today’s Morsel: One of the things about leaving a legacy is what did others see in you. When King David knew that it was his time to go the way of his fathers (death), he told his son Solomon, “Be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man.” Manhood isn’t based on what the world classifies as a man. Lifting 300-400 pound doesn’t make you a man. Nor does birthing children. It’s based on what God and His word says that He is. Manhood is seen in the male species when he matures to Godly character, virtue, and morals. David could use this phrase ‘show thyself a man’ to his son Solomon, because it was said by God of Him. “And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will. Of this man's seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus.” (Acts 13:22-23) God saw David as a man, and Jesus was of this man’s seed. A man after God’s own heart means simply a man who would not be rebellious and disobedient as Saul was, but would do the will of God and keep His commandments. Always remember, rebellion and disobedience destroys manhood.
Sing: To be like Jesus, to be like Jesus, on earth I long to be like Him. All through life’s journey, from earth to glory, I only ask to be like Him.