The final words of David are, like so many other people’s final words, the thing the speaker believes to be the most important. These may not be David’s dying words spoken with his last breath, but they are his final statement of what he believes to be true and his final assessment of his life. The use of the phrase “inspired utterance of David” indicate that David was speaking prophetically as he uttered this oracle of inspired speech from God.
David’s description of himself as a man is based on how the Spirit of the Lord used him. David does not describe himself with mere human terms that identify his worthy human characteristics, nor does David give us a list of his human achievements. The four things that David uses to describe himself are four things that occurred in his life because he was in a right relationship with God and performing spiritual service for God. They are:
- Son of Jesse – the son of promise in a line of sons that connect the promised Seed of the woman to Abraham to Judah to Jesses through David to Solomon to Zerubbabel to Jesus.
- Exalted by the Most High – set in place of leadership by God
- Anointed by the God of Jacob – anointed and empowered for service by God
- Hero of Israel’s songs – David composed 73 Psalms while inspired by the Holy Spirit
David credits the source of this oracle to God with a four-fold description:
- The Spirit of the Lord spoke
- God’s word was on David’s tongue
- The God of Israel spoke
- The Rock of Israel said to David
This oracle identifies the ingredients necessary if God’s nature and will are to be manifested in a nation, a culture or a people group. The basic principle is this: The ruler/leader must fear God and rule in righteousness in order for the people and the society to be productive! (The alternative would be rulers who fear/honor men, rule in self-service and produce darkness, corruption and destruction.)
David says that if a ruler operates in the fear of the Lord and righteousness, then the manifestation of the Lord in that king’s reign can be compared to three things:
- The light of the morning sunshine
- The brightness and warmth of a cloudless day
- Rain that brings forth grass
A righteous leader who fears of the Lord provides an environment that benefits the society with:
Godly leadership lays the foundation and creates the environment necessary for the community to flourish in knowledge, understanding, growth and production.
This is what David would want us to remember from his life.