Who’s Who: David
For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption. Acts 13:36
Recommended Reading – Acts 13:21-22
Epitaphs on gravestones are not as popular as they once were. In previous generations, a person could write his or her own epitaph—a summary of one’s life or legacy—before death or leave the task to a friend or family member. The subject of epitaphs raises a good question: How would you want your life to be permanently remembered in one short sentence or phrase?
When the apostle Paul was preaching in a synagogue in Antioch in Pisidia, Israel’s King David had been dead and buried for a thousand years. But in leading up to talking about Christ’s resurrection, Paul cited King David as a man who was buried and whose body decayed in the ground. Unwittingly, Paul spoke what would have been a beautiful and simple epitaph for David: “He served his own generation by the will of God” (Acts 13:36). Bible students know that David was far from perfect. But in spite of his sins and errors in judgment, David had a heart for God (verse 22).
God doesn’t hold us responsible for past or future generations. But He does ask us to serve Him in our own generation like David did. There could be no greater legacy or remembrance.
Every generation needs regeneration.
Charles H. Spurgeon