by John Barnett

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David's Epitaph (3 of 7)
David's Spiritual Secret
John Barnett
Acts 13:36

One of the most fascinating branches of history is the study of tomb inscriptions. Most famous among these are the Pharaohs and their pyramids and their guilded remains among intricate inscriptions hidden away among the rock hewn tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

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 and 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 and 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!

Please open to Acts 13:36.

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 "G ...

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