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King David’s Legacy

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Photo of Star of David in the Wall of Jerusalem by zeeweez on Flickr.

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

At some point, every leader is concerned about what kind of legacy he or she will leave behind. King David may very well have left the most influential legacy in the history of humanity. The first thing that David did was to stockpile all the resources needed to build a fabulous temple in Jerusalem. The account is told in 2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17. David wanted to build the temple, but God told him that his son would get the honors, so David made sure that his heir, King Solomon, had everything he needed to complete the construction. An abundance of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, precious and semi-precious stones and marble slabs were amassed for this grand construction project which took seven years to complete. As great of a legacy as this may have been, it was destroyed about 300 hundred years later by the Babylonians.

King David also organized the temple priests into specific duties so that all the rituals would be carefully carried out. David also assigned four thousand priests to be temple musicians and songwriters “for giving praise.” (I Chronicles 23:5) It could be said that David gave the legacy of worship music that endures to this day. We may not know exactly what the original Psalms set to music sounded like, but there are hundreds of thousands of hymns and songs today that were inspired by David’s musical legacy.

The greatest legacy of David is Jesus Christ, whose family line, as prophesied, came directly from David. Just to dispel any question about His family tree, the lineage of both Mary (Matthew 1:1-17) and Joseph (Luke 3:23-28) are recorded in the Bible. In the way only the God of the Universe could do, God took a sordid relationship between David and Bathsheba that destroyed a family, and provided for the surviving son of David and Bathsheba to advance David’s family line down through the ages to Jesus. Jesus indeed fulfilled all the Old Testament prophecies and went on to become a blessing to the entire world.

As promised, the everlasting reign of the Son of David began during Jesus’ ministry on this earth and lives on today in the hearts of believers all over the world. When Jesus told Pontius Pilate during his trial that “My kingdom is not of this world,” (John 18:35) that is exactly what He meant. The kingdom exists in the present and will extend into eternity for those who have placed their trust in Him.

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys with a third on the way (!), a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

In His Hands

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Photo by JJ Verhoef on Flickr.com

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

Over two hundred fifty years ago, Jonathan Edwards (the preacher, not the politician) preached what became a famous sermon entitled “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” If ever there was a hellfire and brimstone sermon, this is it. I cannot argue with the premise of this sermon, because according to the Bible, all who have not believed in Jesus Christ and confessed that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9) are in fact, doomed to the horrific eternal punishment that Edwards so eloquently described in his sermon.

What really resonated with me about the sermon is that Edwards wasn’t just talking to the people who were outside of God’s will and knew it, but he also addressed those who went to church, behaved properly and were Christians from all outward appearances, but did not have the faith and belief in Jesus in their hearts.

I thought of “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” while reading I Chronicles 21. King David did something that made God really angry. David confessed his sin and God made David choose from three different consequences: three years of famine in Israel, three months of being overrun by Israel’s enemies or three days of a deadly plague at the hand of God.

David threw himself at the mercy of God, “I am in great distress. Please let me fall into the hand of the Lord, for His mercies are very great; but do not let me fall into the hand of man.” David belonged to God and understood that the best place for an imperfect person who belongs to God is in the hands of a merciful God.

Either way, we are always at the mercy of the all-powerful God; wise people will trust in Him and live under His mercy. Otherwise, we are indeed “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” The choice is yours to make today.

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

The Big Book of Song Lyrics

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Photo by Chance Agrella courtesy of and copyright Free Range Stock, http://www.freerangestock.com.

By Lisa Nordell-Detres

Another one of the great things about reading through the Bible in chronological order is that the book of Psalms is sprinkled throughout the readings; written in response to what was happening at the time. Most people think that David wrote all of the Psalms, and he did write a majority of them, but there are Psalms attributed to Moses (Psalm 90, 91), Solomon (Psalm 72, 127) and others as well.

Throughout the millennia to this very day, the poetry of the Psalms resonate in the human heart; songs of joy, praise, despair, loneliness, depression, redemption and victory. If you have grown up in church and listen to contemporary Christian music, you will not be able to read very many Psalms before you recognize familiar lyrics from hymns of old to the newest song by Chris Tomlin. Whatever the song, it rings in my heart and stays in my mind, whether I like it or not, for the rest of the day.

Music was created by God as a beautiful conduit to the soul and to offer another dimension of praise to Him. Music with lyrics derived from the Psalms or other passages in the Bible can bring us closer to God through the positive words and by helping us to remember verses from the scriptures.

If you don’t currently listen to Christian music during the course of your days, I would like to challenge you to tune into a Christian radio station, many of which are now online, exclusively for the next 30 days. See if listening to music intended to bring praise to our Creator God doesn’t make a difference in your days and bring you closer to Him. If you are reading through the Bible, you will probably hear some familiar lyrics from the Word as well!

Lisa Nordell-Detres is a mother of four, grandma to two boys, a pastor’s wife and has worked in the garment and customer service industries in southern California. Besides writing, Lisa enjoys cooking, sewing, organic gardening, hiking, skiing and doing most anything outside.

Lisa was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Fashion Design from Woodbury University and an MBA from California State University at Northridge. Lisa, her husband and their youngest child now live in central Oregon.

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