These are the last words of David: The declaration of David son of Jesse, the declaration of the man raised on high, the one anointed by the God of Jacob, the favorite singer of Israel: The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me, His word was on my tongue. – 2 Samuel 23:1-2
I don’t mean to be morbid, but there are often events in life than can cause you to reflect on the message you leave when you depart this world and embrace eternity. In light of that reflection, David’s words above are, to me, inspirational.
After a short summation of his credentials (exalted, anointed, son of Jesse, and favored singer of a nation), the dying king gave credit and honor where it was most due … God Himself. Of all David could have said, he chose to clarify the source of his success, which was the Spirit and the Word.
Oh, that every man who regularly opens his mouth to proclaim God’s truth might be able to make the same claim, that the Spirit of the Lord spoke through him and that the Word was on his tongue! Of course, it cannot be true if that Spirit and Word are not first in the heart and mind of the one who is speaking.
The rarest quality in an epitaph is truth. – Henry David Thoreau