FYI: The King David Project Values and Statement of Faith

canstockphoto21268515Many books, Bible Studies and devotions have been written about King David. Some focus on the negative side of his life and some like myself, choose to primarily focus on the positive whilst dealing with sin in a balanced manner.

The dominant values of this project are below, as the Project’s statement of beliefs. This project will not work with anyone not sharing the same convictions, especially in regards to judgement and obedience to the Holy Spirit.
1. Compassion and No Judgement: Sin can be discussed without bashing.
~ Luke 6:37: “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.”
~ Matthew 7:2: “For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you.”
~ Hebrews 10:30: “For we know him who said, “Vengeance belongs to me,” says the Lord, “I will repay.” Again, “The Lord will judge his people.”
2. Respect for all, dead or alive.
~ 1 Timothy 5:17: “Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.” David’s spiritual role over Israel does qualify him as an elder and he was also a prophet.
~ 1 Chronicles 16:17: “Touch not my anointed ones, do my prophets no harm!”
3. Biblical Accuracy
~ 2 Timothy 2:15: “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.”
4. A Messianic-Jewish friendly environment and a respectful approach to Judaism.I am aware of the translated parts of the Bible which can be seen as anti-Semitic and recognise the Jewishness of the Bible and especially, David’s life.
5. A pro-Israel focus with zero tolerance of haters which is in line with the Scriptures and is what King David asks us to be. (Psalm 122) Anti-semitic viewpoints and arguers will be instantly ignored and/or blocked without response on linked social media etc.
~ Titus 3:9: “Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These things are useless and a waste of time.”


~~~ Statement of Faith ~~~

IMG_1775I believe that the Bible, consisting of the Old Covenant/Testament (Tenach) and the later writings commonly known as the New Testament/Covenant (B’rit Hadasha), is the only infallible and authoritative word of God. I recognize its divine inspiration, and accept its teachings as our final authority in all matters of faith and practice (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Proverbs 3:1-6; Psalm 119:89, 105; Isaiah 48:12-16; Romans 8:14-17; II Timothy 2:15, 3:16-17). I do not recognise the Apocryphal books in the Septugaint as the authoratative Word of God, neither do I recognised or use the teachings of the Talmud in any form.
~ I believe that the prayer (Shema), “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one” (Deuteronomy 6:4 Shema Yisroel Adonoi Eloheinu Adonoi Echa.), teaches that God is one (Echad), as so declared: a united one, a composite unity, eternally existent in plural oneness [Genesis 1:1 (Elohim: God); Genesis 1:26 “Let Us make man in Our image”;
Genesis 2:24 Adam & Eve were created to be as one flesh (basar echad)], that He is a personal God who created us (Genesis 1 & 2), and that He exists forever in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as mentioned in Romans 8:14-17 (Father, Spirit, and Messiah – Son) and Matthew 28:18-20 (immersing in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit).
~ I believe that God the Father (Abba) is Our Heavenly Father as shown in: John 6:27b; I Corinthians 1:3; Galatians 1:1; Revelation 3:5, 21; Jeremiah 3:4, 19; 31:9; Malachi 1:6; Matthew 6:9, 32; Luke 10:21-22; John 1:14; 4:23; 5:17-26; 6:28-46; Romans 8:14-15. Baruch Adonai.
~ I believe that God does have a Son who was and is and will return (Psalm 2; Proverbs 30:4-6 (cf. Hebrews 1); Luke 12:35-37; John 1:29-34, 49; 3:14-18). The Son, called Jesus (Yeshua), meaning salvation, came to this world born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14 (cf. Luke 1:30-35)). The Son is God (Deity), and is worshiped as God, having existed eternally (Psalm 110:1 (cf. Hebrews 1:13); Isaiah 9:6-7; Matthew 28:18-20; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-19; Revelation 3:21 (Hebrews 1 – worshiped by angels); Revelations 4:8, 5:5-14). This One is the promised Messiah (Mashiach) of Israel (Isaiah 9:6-7; 11:1; Daniel 9 (especially verses 20-26); Isaiah 53; John 1:17, 40-41, 45, 49; Mark 8:29). He is the root and offspring of David, son of Jesse (Daviyd ben Yishai), the bright and morning star (Numbers 24:17; Revelation 22:16). He is our Passover, the Lamb of God (I Corinthians 5:7; Revelation 5; John 1:29). JESUS IS LORD.
~ I believe in God, the Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) as introduced in Genesis 1:2b: “And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” In the Tenach, the Spirit of God came upon individuals during the times of our forefathers, like Moses, David (see II Samuel 23:1-3), and the Prophets, for the specific purposes. In the New Covenant, the Messiah Yeshua, promised His disciples that “the Comforter” would come to them after He was gone, described as the Spirit of Truth (John 14:17, 26), who was with them and would be in them. Yeshua further declared that the Spirit of Truth, would guide us into all truth and would glorify Him – the Messiah – not Himself (John 16:13-15). He empowers us (Acts 1:8). The Spirit of God seals us (Ephesians 1:13; 4:30 (see NIV and Jewish New Testament versions)). If we have not the Spirit, we are not His (Romans 8:9). He leads us and teaches us (Romans 8:14-17). His indwelling enables us to live a godly life. Acts 2:38 says, “Repent, be immersed, and receive the Holy Spirit.”
~ I believe that men and women are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27), however because of disobedience, mankind fell from the first state and became separated from God (Genesis 2:17; 3:22-24). Therefore, according to the Scriptures, all humans are born with a sinful nature (Psalm 14:1-3; 49:7; 53:13; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:9-12, 23; 5:12). Our only hope for redemption (salvation) is through the atonement made by the Messiah (Leviticus 17:11; Isaiah 53; Daniel 9:24-26; I Corinthians 15:22; Hebrews 9:11-14, 28; John 1:12, 3:36), resulting in regeneration by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5), which is the new birth (John 3:3-8). For by grace we are saved through faith, it is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9).
~ I believe in the resurrection of both the redeemed and the lost: the former to everlasting life and the latter to eternal separation from God, a state of everlasting punishment (Job 14:14; 19:25-27; Daniel 12:2-3; John 3:36; 11:25-26; Revelation 20:5-6, 10-15; 21:7-8).
messianic~ I believe in the Messiah (Mashiach), the Anointed One and Redeemer. The Scriptures promised two “comings” of the Messiah. The first coming as promised in Daniel 9:24-26. The initial coming’s purpose was to make atonement (covering) for sin (Daniel 9:24-26; Isaiah 53; Romans 3:21-31; Hebrews 9-10; John 3:16-17)—as the Suffering Messiah. The Redeemer shall come to Zion (Tziyon) (Isaiah 59:20-21; Zechariah 14:4). The second coming: The Messiah Yeshua will return to the earth as King (Revelation 19:11-16). Upon His return, a many wonderful thing will happen: He will bring with Him an army of the Heavenly hosts, and those who went on before us (Revelation 19:14) and those who are still on earth will meet in the air to receive the believers to Himself (I Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 14:1-6; I Corinthians 15:51-57).
~ I support Isra’el and Jerusalem, in accordance with the Psalm 122:3-9 as written by King David (Daviyd Melek / Dovid Melek):
Jerusalem, that is built “As a city that is compact together; To which the tribes (Shevatim) go up, even the tribes of the LORD -An ordinance for Israel – (edut l’Yisroel)To give thanks to the name of the LORD. For there thrones were set for judgment (kise’ot l’mishpat), the thrones of the house of David. (kise’ot of the Bais Daviyd or in Yiddish, Dovid).


Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: (Sha’alu shalom Yerushalayim)
“May they prosper who love you.
“May peace be within your walls,
And prosperity within your palaces.
”For the sake of my brothers (achim) and my friends,I will now say, “May peace be within you.”
For the sake of (L’ma’an) the house of the LORD our God, (Bais Hashem Eloheinu)
I will seek your good.”

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Why Sukkot Is Yeshua’s Real Birthday

Whatever the date (video below), may the joy of the Lord be in your hearts this season.

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and the Lord’s richest blessings in 2016.

I am offline until after new year, so comments are off.

Isaiah 9: Hope in the Messiah

Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. The land of Zebulun and Naphtali will be humbled, but there will be a time in the future when Galilee of the Gentiles, which lies along the road that runs between the Jordan and the sea, will be filled with glory.
The people who walk in darkness
will see a great light.
For those who live in a land of deep darkness,
a light will shine.
You will enlarge the nation of Israel,
and its people will rejoice.
They will rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest
and like warriors dividing the plunder.
For you will break the yoke of their slavery
and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders.
You will break the oppressor’s rod,
just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian.
The boots of the warrior
and the uniforms bloodstained by war
will all be burned.
They will be fuel for the fire.
For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
The passionate commitment of the LORD of Heaven’s Armies
will make this happen!

When You Can’t Be An Overcomer: Coping With Spiritual Failures

1280px-White_LionIn 1996, I wrote an article called “spiritually correct is.” I was exploring some of the attitudes our church had then, which were generated far more by peer pressure, than Scripture.

Not all peer pressure is bad. The standards set by a group can be a force for good, which supports and encourages people. However, sometimes we take a positive spiritual principle and carry it too far, placing expectations on people that they can’t carry comfortably.

Here are two of the points which came up on my list:
– Putting on a ‘praise the Lord’ face and false demeanour, rather than being honest about where you’re at.
– Faking faith in areas you have trouble trusting God in.

Regardless of what denomination you call home, I am sure you have experienced, or seen this in action: or you have done it yourself.

My church was very keen on being an overcomer. This popular coping mechanism came from Scriptures such as: “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” Luke 10:19 and “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4:4

We sang songs about being an overcomer, and it became the ‘must have’ attitude to use with everything. I still listen to songs on the theme. As I write this in 2015, there is one on my current favourites playlist, by Mandisa. I think it’s a great attitude to have, however, when I’m having trouble meeting that bar… and it can be a very high bar to jump, falling short potentially lands me in a great deal of guilt.

My full time work is studying and writing about King David. It may seem like an easy task, but sometimes I have really bad days. The enemy is no fan of the Word of God, so my computer malfunctions, huge bills arrive, my pain levels shoot up, the negativity on social media starts to get me down… then working from home develops serious drawbacks… There have been times when I have violently hit the wall. I have many buttons which can be pushed, and some weeks, they all seem to get hit in rapid succession. I can find it next to impossible to cope.

To stay afloat, I listen to the voices of encouragement around me. My church life tells me I am an overcomer. So I hook into praying and my praise and worship music. But some days, that is just not enough. I am still slammed up against that wall, feeling wretched. It’s fine to think positive, but I still have to find money, apologise to my husband, fix that computer which will take hours, (it was days), and I want to scream, “somebody make it stop already!”

So I have a choice. Do I feel guilty because I haven’t functioned as a victorious overcomer, or do I get honest with God?

400px-Psalm_21_Initial_DThe benefit of working with the Psalms echoing in my head, is when those bad days hit, David himself, helps to relieve my spiritual-failure guilt. Here are other Scriptures about overcoming. This first one is Psalm 13:3-4, written on a very bad day, with a heavy, discouraged heart:

“Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.” (NIV)

“The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came
over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!” Psalm 116:3

When I read about David struggling: the one who won against Goliath, the one who is the grandfather of Christ, our Messiah… the one who seemed to ace everything and bounce back from any disaster… I realise that that being an overcomer is a process and you don’t get it right straight away. You don’t have to get it right – straight away. – No one has ever asked you to from the Bible!

You don’t bounce back up as a victor, until you hit the mat in anguish.

David says,
“Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint;
heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
My soul is in deep anguish.
How long, Lord, how long?” Psalm 6:2-3

What the overcomer mindset wants immediately is this:
“But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favour as with a shield.” Psalm 5:11-12

Achieving victory and success takes time and you get to develop a lot of wisdom in the process. God has to move all the pieces on the chessboard into the right position, before He can give you the answer you seek; and when blessing comes, it may not look exactly as you expected it to look. If you are fixated on one answer, you may not recognise your victory when it does arrive. As wise people say, we don’t always get what we want, we get what we need.

When you hit the dust, feeling like a miserable failure with no spiritual muscle, remember that you are in excellent company. David was given the highest honours of anyone in the Bible, (except for Jesus, of course.) If he can be swallowed by discouragement and come out of it victorious, then we all can. Just do as he did and don’t stop praying, praising and seeking God. That is the key to being a genuine overcomer.

David’s Last Words
These are the last words of David:
“The inspired utterance of David son of Jesse,
the utterance of the man exalted by the Most High,
the man anointed by the God of Jacob,
the hero of Israel’s songs:
“The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me;
his word was on my tongue.
The God of Israel spoke,
the Rock of Israel said to me:
‘When one rules over people in righteousness,
when he rules in the fear of God,
he is like the light of morning at sunrise
on a cloudless morning,
like the brightness after rain
that brings grass from the earth.’
“If my house were not right with God,
surely he would not have made with me an everlasting covenant,
arranged and secured in every part;
surely he would not bring to fruition my salvation
and grant me my every desire.
But evil men are all to be cast aside like thorns,
which are not gathered with the hand.
Whoever touches thorns
uses a tool of iron or the shaft of a spear;
they are burned up where they lie.” 2 Samuel 23:1-7

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Running in the Night ~ Hope for anyone who is hurting.

darkrunnerThis song by Jars of Clay inspires me and is on my Psalm playlist on my iPod. “For by you, I can run in the night” is encouragement to anyone going through a hard time. Even when we can’t see the way ahead, God will lead us through safely.

I know who I am
Once I was nameless, alone and you found me
You formed my knees to bend
You call me Beloved,
I am perfection
All my failures won’t condemn me
Or leave me paralyzed and bound
When I’m at my worst
Your Love, it finds me first
By you, I can run in the night
For by you, I can run in the night
For I am such a man
Seized by the power of a great affection
No matter where I am
Peace spreads below me in every direction
When evil sets the war upon me
I won’t stumble, I won’t fall
Though they do their worst
Your love has found me first

Hide me in the shelter of
Keep me in the cover of
Lead me in the light of your love
Hide me in the light of your love
No matter where I am
Whom shall I fear
Lead me in the light

Lyrics Copyright Jars of Clay

Was King David Clinically Depressed or Bipolar?

Image Copyright Cate Russell-Cole. All rights reserved internationally.

Image Copyright Cate Russell-Cole. All rights reserved internationally.

Because the Psalms record the highs and lows of his life, people have referred to him as being bipolar. It is highly unlikely. Please see this page on David’s personality and read about the Psalms for a better answer to the bipolar issue.

As far as depression goes, I find David to be a highly motivated, active, productive, life-loving man. He didn’t want to die and he wept and mourned when he had excellent reason to. I cannot find extensive evidence of repeated instances of clinical depression which had little or no cause, though it could have been the case. I will keep an open mind. What I can see, is plenty of reason for reactive depression, associated with multiple instances of grief. This occurred when his first son to BathSheba died, then Amnon raped Tamar, then Absalom murdered Amnon, all within several years. Earlier in his life, I see him being realistically afraid and worn out at times, but not experiencing depressive episodes.

As a social worker, understanding grief psychology is part of my role. The worst grief is associated with losing a child. It is magnified to an unbearable extent when that loss has been associated with a murder which has been committed by another one of your own children. For David this is then magnified even further, as the prophet Nathan had forewarned David, that these things would happen as a result of his sin with BathSheba. Add severe guilt to grief and you have pure, living hell which David never fully recovered from.

Parents whose sons have been incarcerated for murder go through a grief process like no other. When two children are involved in the murder, it is a triple loss (death and loss of trust in the surviving son, plus separation due to incarceration), plus their emotional and mental energy is pulled in two directions. People cannot be totally supportive and sympathetic towards both children at the same time, there is simply not enough energy in an overloaded heart for that. In David’s case, he grieved Amnon’s death (his heir to the throne) and rejected Absalom for a long time.

Absalom was obviously terrified of approaching his father (who had a passionate temper and under the Laws set down through Moses, should have had Absalom executed), so Absalom sought sanctuary. The relationship between David and Absalom never fully repaired, though David grieved heavily went Absalom overthrew him as ruler and was subsequently executed by Joab, against David’s orders.

Under circumstances such as these, long term depression can only be expected. In addition, David withstood conspiracies to overthrow his position as king, he was frequently persecuted for the strength of his faith and he was ill, which can also lead to low mood swings. In the same situations, you wouldn’t feel too cheery either.

If you would like to understand more about what a parent goes through when a child commits murder, read this article. ( Though I warn you, it will tear your heart out. Also read this post for a greater understanding of the problems which would have occurred in David’s life and family.

I know David did the wrong thing with BathSheba, and some of what occurred after is also due to poor parenting and bad role modelling; however the penalty is abhorrently severe. But that is what life without grace is like. My heart really goes out to him. David had a hard life in many ways.

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5 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About King David ~ #Bible #psalm #Christian


Interesting facts often lie in the out of the way places that you don’t often visit. Here are my 5 favourite facts about David, that I didn’t have a clue existed.

1. His mother was a role model for his spiritual walk.
There are two Psalms which refer to her:
~ “Truly I am your servant, Lord;
I serve you just as my mother did;
you have freed me from my chains.” Psalm 116:16

~ “Turn to me and have mercy on me;
show your strength in behalf of your servant;
save me, because I serve you
just as my mother did.” Psalm 86:16
2. On the topic of parents… when David had to flee from Saul, fearing for his parent’s safety, he approached the King of Moab and ensured that his parents could live there for as long as it was necessary. Don’t forget that David is the grandchild of Ruth, as in the book of Ruth, so there is Moabite blood in the family.

1 Samuel 22:1 and 3 “David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father’s household heard about it, they went down to him there… From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, “Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?” So he left them with the king of Moab, and they stayed with him as long as David was in the stronghold.”
knowyourpeople3. David didn’t just give the people the gift of the Psalms and how to worship God in holiness, he also taught them the Torah (Word of God) and was persecuted for it. Spiritual leadership is considered to be one of the functions of an Israeli King. They key Scriptures are in the images above and below this point. (Please click here to read Psalm 59 to get the proper context, or that excerpt is misleading.)

David had a huge heart for his people’s spiritual walk, and put up with a lot of fierce payback, for speaking out about God.
“But I am a worm and not a man.
I am scorned and despised by all!
Everyone who sees me mocks me.
They sneer and shake their heads, saying,
“Is this the one who relies on the LORD?
Then let the LORD save him!
If the LORD loves him so much,
let the LORD rescue him!” Psalm 22:6-8 and 22:22
“I will proclaim your name to my brothers.
I will praise you among your assembled people.”

Many of the Psalms in which David pleads for God to deal with his enemies justly, don’t only refer to David’s need to keep his throne and be safe. For David, as he was God’s anointed king, for him to be deposed would be for God’s will to be thwarted. For David to lose his throne early, would be for him not to have completed the Lord’s full purpose for his life. Thus it is acceptable that he should call down God’s judgement. An example of this is Psalm 17, a prayer of David.

Scriptures which include David’s encouragement for others to praise God are many, but include Psalms 29:1-2, 32:11 and 66:1-4, which is considered to be David’s because of the style.

4. David states in Psalm 119:54 (again, thought to be David’s) that the Word of the Lord has been the theme of his songs. If you read Leviticus and Deuteronomy, then turn straight to Psalm 1 to start reading, you will see how heavily the laws that God handed down through Moses, colour his work. Rabbis have been known to tell people that if you don’t want to study Torah, study the Psalms because you’ll still learn the laws of God.
“Your decrees are the theme of my song
wherever I lodge.
In the night, Lord, I remember your name,
that I may keep your law.
This has been my practice:
I obey your precepts.” Psalm 119:54-56

Another favourite worth noting is Psalm 119:143: “As pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.” (New Living Translation)
5. Before he died, we are not sure just how long, he gave all his personal wealth to help fund the building of the temple. Find me another member of any royal family, from any point in history, who has ever done that. His passion for God and desire to see the temple built was that strong. Without the temple, David knew that people would continue to worship on the high places, where the pagan gods were also worshipped. God needed His own house.

“And now, because of my devotion to the Temple of my God, I am giving all of my own private treasures of gold and silver to help in the construction. This is in addition to the building materials I have already collected for his holy Temple. I am donating more than 112 tons of golda from Ophir and 262 tons of refined silverb to be used for overlaying the walls of the buildings and for the other gold and silver work to be done by the craftsmen. Now then, who will follow my example and give offerings to the LORD today?” 1 Chronicles 29:3-5

For the full story see 1 Chronicles 22, then 29:1-9. In verses 29:6-9, we can see how David’s giving inspired others to give.

This is the menorah that the Romans seized from the second temple, when Jerusalem was destroyed. It now resides in the Vatican and should rightly be returned back to Isra'el where it belongs.

This is the menorah that the Romans seized from the second temple, when Jerusalem was destroyed. It now resides in the Vatican and should rightly be returned back to Isra’el where it belongs.

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