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I woke up a few nights ago with this concept on my heart.

I write entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means.
~Joan Dideon:

Countless writers have echoed similar reasons for why they write. But this one is closest to the thought I had the other night. Writers write to discover what they think, to understand the world around them, and to give some shape to all the thoughts tumbling around inside their brains and in their hearts.

As I pondered over this reason for writing, I started thinking about David, the shepherd boy turned king. David, the man who we attribute to having written most of the Psalms. The other night, I pictured David during different seasons of his life scribbling down words and thoughts as they came to him.

Then I had this silly thought.

If David the writer lived today he would have had a blog…and I would have subscribed to his blog!  His daily posts would be in my email inbox waiting for me each morning.  I would read them as I sipped my cup of coffee.

Like the quote I mentioned above, one of the reasons David wrote was to understand his life. He wrote in order to process the thoughts on his heart. Some days his words are certain and full of joy and praise.  “Oh Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”  Psalm 8:1

Some days his voice is uncertain and he questions why God seems so far away.  “How long, O Lord?  Will you forget me forever?  How long will you hide your face from me?” Psalm 13:1

Some days he confesses all the ways he’s fallen short and he is running full speed back to Truth.    “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant a willing spirit to sustain me.” Psalm 51:12

Some day he’s scared to death and desperate.  “Yet, I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; O, Lord, do not delay.”  Psalm 70:5

One thing I love about David the writer is that he doesn’t stop writing just because he doesn’t fully understand what is going on his life. He doesn’t stop writing just because He has blown it for the hundredth time. He writes his way through the doubts, the fears, the questions, and the failures.

On some occasions, his words are a journey down memory lane. He writes to reassure his heart of what He knows is true. He praises God for all He has done for him. On other occasions, his words are processing events and feelings he can’t yet fully understand.  He writes from a place of pain. He pours out all the questions pressing down on his heart.

Do you see it?  David is a blogger. 😉

Now the only question left to solve is this:  If David lived today, would he have preferred a PC or a Mac?  What do you think?

8 thoughts on “KingDavid.com

  1. Mike Gothard

    I just spent the last two weeks reading and rereading through 1 and 2 Samuel and a handful of the Psalms tied to the events mentioned there. I came away with the same thoughts, Eileen. Though he lived in a vastly different world, culture, time, etc., I seem to resonate more with David than anyone else in Scripture thanks to his willingness to do exactly what you wrote about this morning. 25 years ago I wrote only for myself, knowing I would be the only one to ever read what was on paper (precomputer era 🙂 Then for 20 years I wrote so others could read/hear. And now I’m writing again for my eyes only. But each time the motivation has been the same, “Writers write to discover what they think, to understand the world around them, and to give some shape to all the thoughts tumbling around inside their brains and in their hearts.” Thank yo for writing and allowing us to read your thoughts and struggles these days.

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    1. Eileen Post author

      Yes, David encourages me for the same reason, Mike. He was a man after God’s heart and yet he was so human. I love that we as readers get to see the good, the bad and the ugly. It gives me hope and there is something so beautiful about his choice to get back up and run back to God over and over.

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  2. Heidi

    Eileen… I’d so subscribe to David and Paul for that matter! I love this post… David wasn’t always courageous, no, but he always had Faith! I love that God laid out such an imperfect example of the one who had a “heart after God”… it’s our hope and where we can claim our confidence in His love for us!

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  3. Jenifer

    “If David the writer lived today he would have had a blog…and I would have subscribed to his blog! His daily posts would be in my email inbox waiting for me each morning. I would read them as I sipped my cup of coffee.” Oh. My. Word. I LOVE that thought!!!!! 🙂

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  4. Betty Draper

    I love this post…love the thoughts God gave you…yes, yes, yes David would have done a blog. The Word is an open book to those who God chose to use in spite of their sins. As a friends said, God has aired His dirty laundry for all to read. Great post.

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  5. Terri

    David, my man! Of all the characters in the Bible, I am most touched by him. He had soooooo many losses that were brought on by his own choices. He was, at times, his own worst enemy. I so relate to him b/c David and I are alike in that we made decisions and choices from the heart not from reasoning things out with logic. He was led by his heart and it brought to him some very unpleasant things and he makes me feel not so alone. I thank God for David; his life gives me hope that there are good ends. He teaches that being after God’s own heart is just seeking after Him in ALL situations and circunstances. Thanks King David for just being You. Loved this! 🙂

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