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He Fell Asleep

“David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep” (Acts 13:36).

David occupied a prominent place in the divine counsels. He was the first king after God’s heart; he gave Jerusalem—where God had chosen to place His Name—to Israel; he made the nation great. Even more, he typified our Lord Jesus in so many ways.

But can we not also say that God is expecting each one of His children to serve in his own generation in accordance with His counsel? God has a plan for each of us—a precise task for the period in which we live and in the circumstances under which we are placed. God desires to use us according to the measure given by Him, to accomplish His work on earth. On that day when He shall be revealed, there will be no greater honor than to hear the blessed voice of our Lord saying to His redeemed ones, “Well done, good and faithful servant … enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:23).

—From David: The Man After God’s Own Heart by G. Andre