1 Kings 2:1-4 When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son.
2 “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man, 3 and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go 4 and that the Lord may keep his promise to me: ‘If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.’ (NIV)
David’s parting words of wisdom to his son Solomon are about how to act like a man of God. There are three actions that are true of a man of God. He observes, walks, and keeps. He observes what the Lord requires, walks with Him, and keeps His decrees and commands. David tells Solomon it’s the key to the Lord’s blessing in all that he does and wherever he goes.
David gives us great advice. He knows better than anyone what it takes to be a man of God. There’s a reason God calls David, “A man after my own heart.” A man of God observes what the Lord requires. He doesn’t just live his life hap hazard. He pays attention to the scriptures. He searches them out, read them, mediates on them, etc… Second, a man of God walks in obedience. Walk describes a deeper level of relationship than just observe. David walked with God. That means David always concerned with the ways of the Lord in all areas of his life. Finally, a man of God keeps the commands of the Lord. He has a heart to obey and follow what the Lord requires. If we observe, walk, and keep, we too can prosper in all we do and wherever we go.
Father, I thank you for the privilege of being a child of yours. May my life reflect what it is to be a godly man. Amen!