The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me;
his word was on my tongue.
The God of Israel spoke,
the Rock of Israel. – 2 Samuel 23:2-3 (NIV)
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Perhaps no other Biblical character is as fully drawn as a human as is David, although children often see little more than the runt of the litter who somehow goes on to slay the giant Goliath.
What is missing, of course, is the intensely passionate man – a lover of women, music, and poetry, as well as a successful warrior and ruler – someone we would see as a charismatic leader. Yes, David had his struggles and failings, as well.
But to the end, he also hewed close to a personal faith, returning to it repeatedly each time he strayed. This passage, from the last words of David, reveals a much different facet of this complex person – an element of the prophet who was nonetheless eldered by more faithful prophets like Samuel and Nathan.
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Though I have heard it said, The Quakers hold themselves infallible; I see now it is not so: They hold not themselves infallible as they are Men, but only as they are guided by the infallible Spirit, namely, the Spirit of the Lord; a Measure of which he hath placed in all Men: And this never failed any, who were led by the same. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)