David's Epitaph: Nine Words (3 of 49) by John Barnett

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David's Epitaph: Nine Words (3 of 49)
Series: Discovering David's Spiritual Secret
John Barnett
Acts 13:36

What would you like to have written on your tombstone? When people remember your life and mine--what would we like for them to remember?
What's really interesting is, God wrote many epitaphs, memories of what the life that was lived was all about. Hebrews 11 is a chapter filled with monuments to lives lived for God that pleased Him.
ep•i•taph [noun] Definitions: 1. inscription on a tombstone: an inscription on a tombstone or monument commemorating the person buried there; 2. speech or writing commemorating a dead person: a short speech or piece of writing celebrating the life of a recently deceased person.
If God sent down an order to write out an inscription to the monument company--what would He send? God epitaph for David is written down in Acts 13. I invite you to the marker that captures an entire life lived on planet earth. And in 9 words God sums up what a servant is all about. This is what I like to call David's Spiritual Secret!
Acts 13:36 For when David had served God's purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body decayed. (NIV)
Who will be in Heaven? God's Servants.
And what does Paul in the New Testament and David in the Old Testament have in common? Both called themselves God's servants and both looked on life as serving God, and the end of life as having finished their course of service for Him.
So, whose life is considered important to God? Well, who did God chose to write more about than any other single person in the whole history of the world? The answer is the young man we met this morning.
David was "God-hearted" which meant he served God's purposes. The word "served" is the verb form (hupereteo) of the word for an under rower (huperetes) that we have often studied as a model of how to serve the Lord.
David was under God's command, he did what the Lord asked him to do, wi ...

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