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.