Now, I've heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don't really care for music, do you?
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing
And even though it all went wrong
I'll stand before the lord of song
With nothing on my tongue but hallelujah
-Leonard Cohen, “Hallelujah,” from the album Various Positions
The stories of old King David are among some of the most well-worn in the world: David the shepherd, little David fighting giant Goliath, David seducing Bathsheba in his Jerusalem palace. David’s story is earthy, human- in fact, it’s the longest single story of a human being in the Bible. This fall, we’re paying attention the David-story, this ancient story of a human life both fascinating and flawed, so that we can learn to pay attention to the presence of God in our own earthy, fascinating, and flawed lives. So whether you’re considering coming to a church for the first time, the first time in a long time, or you’re seasoned in faith, join us as we enter into David’s story, and find ourselves transformed by great David’s greater Son, Jesus Christ.
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Leap Over a Wall: Earthy Spirituality for Everyday Christians- Eugene Peterson. Eugene Peterson retells the rough-edged story of David vividly, and brings the biblical text on David’s life into conversation with the realities of everyday life for followers of Jesus.