Saturday, August 19, 2017

Merab

Then Saul said to David, “Here is my elder daughter Merab. I will give her to you for a wife. Only be valiant for me and fight the Lord's battles.” For Saul thought, “Let not my hand be against him, but let the hand of the Philistines be against him.” And David said to Saul, “Who am I, and who are my relatives, my father's clan in Israel, that I should be son-in-law to the king?” But at the time when Merab, Saul's daughter, should have been given to David, she was given to Adriel the Meholathite for a wife. (1 Samuel 18:17-19)

Saul promises David something that he has no intention of giving him, because he is trying to kill David.  Likewise, the devil promises us things that he has no intention of giving us, because his goal is our eternal death.  Saul does not want David to die at his own hand but at the hands of the Philistines.  Notice that he tempts David with the prospect of fighting "the Lord's" battles, although the Lord has actually withdrawn his Spirit from Saul.  David responds modestly, and then Saul responds to David by giving the same daughter to another, in order to humiliate David.

This eldest daughter of Saul's can be seen as the false church.  Remember, the attack on the true church comes from two fronts: from without by the world and from within by the false church.  The latter of these two enemies is the more powerful and tenacious.  It is also the harder one to discern.  One of my wife's friends gave a testimony on social media.  The story was of a powerful, amazing vision this woman had received of Jesus standing beside her and speaking to her.  Then within the same testimony came false doctrine that would lead readers astray from the way of the cross.  Inspiring visions come straight from the false church, a tool of the enemy.  Remember, the devil appears as an angel of light, and sometimes we cannot tell the difference between Satan and the Lord.  However, the doctrine that comes along with the "light" needs to be biblical, in order for it to be true and come from God.

The devil does not kill Christ, but he sets up the situation so that the world will conmit the violence.  The world is the enemy of the true church through violence and persecution.  The false church is the enemy of the true church through distraction and obfuscation.  The world crucifies Christ.  The false church tells everyone that the crucifixion is insignificant.  Many times the false church doesn't mention the crucifixion at all.  The world wants to destroy the church.  The false church wants to lead the church to self-destruction.  Saul is essentially tempting David with the false church in order to lead him to destruction at the hands of the world.  When the false church tempts us to fight the "Lord's" battles, remember that the Lord the false church is talking about is different from the Lord of the bible.

David's response is humility.  He responds that he is not worthy to be the king's son-in-law.  His lineage is not worthy.  Likewise, the true Christian declares that he is not worthy of either the true church or the false church.  The true church promises everlasting life, of which we are not worthy.  The false church promises prosperity and worldly gain, of which we are not worthy.  The best way to stand in the face of temptation is in an unworthy pose.  Jesus said about himself, "Foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head. (Matthew 8:20)"  Jesus, God himself, emptied himself of all value and became the poorest of men, one called "least", and denigrated himself even to death on a cross.  Now he has been elevated to the highest place of honor at the table through that atoning sacrifice.  No greater love has one than that he lay down his life for his friends.  Think of others as better than yourself, for that is truly loving your neighbor.

Saul responds to David's humility by betrothing his false church to another.  Now, this is good news, in that the devil will eventually depart from us.  James 4:7 reads, "resist the devil and he will flee from you."  Resist the world and false church and they will cease attacking you?  Does this sound true?  Well, eventually they will cease their attacks, but it may be when Christ comes again and wins the great war that has been waged against his church.  What are we to do in the meantime?

Merab was given to Adriel instead of David, and we learn later that she bore Adriel five sons.  This is the prosperity of the false church for all to see.  The world sees this and either marvels or rejects all as a tremendous con job.  What is the true church to do in the meantime?  Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 8:9 for us to know that for our sake, Christ became poor, so that by his poverty we might become rich.  This is not material wealth but sanctifying wealth. Our sanctification, our ability to love our God and neighbor, is dependent on our deep faith in Christ as our substitutionary atonement.  We must meditate on his poverty and his death, which is only possible through an abiding faith.  Many don't want to think about death in general at all.  We keep our own deaths at a distance from our minds.  When we read the beatitudes:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

Think of them not as qualities that we should strive for but as qualities that Christ already has.  He has them perfectly.  He lived in poverty, he mourned for the state of the world, he was meek, righteous, and merciful, he was pure in heart and a peacemaker.  Finally, he was persecuted for righteousness' sake.  He experienced slow and agonizing torture and then one of the most painful executions possible.  All of that happened so that everyone who believed in him and had faith in his blood would have everlasting life.

The world and false church will not go away until Christ returns.  They will persecute and ridicule the true church.  Put your faith in Christ's poverty, put your faith in his death.  Hide under the shadow of his wing through the very end.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bridal Gown

As they were coming home, when David returned from striking down the Philistine, the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with songs of joy, and with musical instruments. And the women sang to one another as they celebrated,

“Saul has struck down his thousands,
    and David his ten thousands.”

And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him. He said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands, and what more can he have but the kingdom?” And Saul eyed David from that day on.

The next day a harmful spirit from God rushed upon Saul, and he raved within his house while David was playing the lyre, as he did day by day. Saul had his spear in his hand. And Saul hurled the spear, for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David evaded him twice.

Saul was afraid of David because the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul. So Saul removed him from his presence and made him a commander of a thousand. And he went out and came in before the people. And David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him. And when Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in fearful awe of him. But all Israel and Judah loved David, for he went out and came in before them. (1 Samuel 18:6-16)

The Old Testament is history.  It is also parabolic in that it tells the deeper truths about who God is, who we are, and what God has done to save us from everlasting death.  In this historic parable, we can learn many things:

1. The Church are the women of Israel, just as we are the bride of Christ.  We come out of our cities after Christ's victory and we sing to our Lord and Master.  In the passage the song is hyperbolic: David hasn't killed ten thousand yet.  What they are meaning is that David's one act of defeating Goliath has placed him in a higher standing than King Saul.  Likewise, Christ's defeat of sin, the devil, and death on the cross has placed him as our Lord over the wiles of the world, to which we had formerly been adhering. In Revelation we read

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

“Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God
    the Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and exult
    and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
    and his Bride has made herself ready;
it was granted her to clothe herself
    with fine linen, bright and pure”—

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints. (Revelation 19:6-8)

We are the Bride of Christ, and we come out to meet our savior with songs of his righteous deeds.  Our own righteous deeds are only clothing--a bridal gown--with which we adorn ourselves to express our responsorial love to Christ's own love for us.  Our righteousness is a reflection of Christ's.  The women flooding out of the cities, singing, represent our rebirth as children of God and our praise of him who saved us.

2. Our sin rises up to attempt to pull us back into darkness.  As John wrote to believing Christians in his first letter,

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9)

As Christians, we sin, but as Christians, we acknowledge we sin and we repent each time we sin.  An unbeliever does not acknowledge his sin and, of course, he never repents.

3. Just as Saul represents our sin, he also represents the world.  When we become true Christians, the following verses become how we live:

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17)

4. Christ himself tells us of the reaction of the world to our shifting allegiance:

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’ (John 15:18-25)"

This is the life of the Christian.  In fact, it is good to remind ourselves of the hatred of the world, because it confirms that we are on the right course.  Also, knowing that it's not because of us that the world hates us, it is because of Jesus, takes away the sin of pride that keeps rising up to take us down and also comforts us to know that we are in the best of company.

5. Remember that God is sovereign over all the world, not just the Christian part.  He releases the unbelieving world to its sin.  He lets go his restraining hand and turns them over to their passions.  He "gives them up to their lusts," as Romans 1 reads.  Is this because he hates the world?  No, it's because he loves his bride, and the more the world is hostile to the church, the stronger and more worthy the bride becomes, not because of any merit in the bride herself, but, once again, because she is reflecting the righteousness of Christ on her surface, in her clothing, so to speak.  Remember, our righteousness does not come from within ourselves.  Christ has imputed his righteousness to us, and we wear it on our surface like a bridal gown, over our sinful bodies.  By responding to Christ's love in this way, we are returning his righteousness to him in gratitude.

As the last line of our Samuel passage reads, "And when Saul [the world] saw that he [Christ] had great success, he stood in fearful awe of him. But all Israel and Judah [the Church] loved David [Christ], for he went out and came in before them.

This is an overarching aspect of the Christian life.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Knitting

As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father's house. Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt. And David went out and was successful wherever Saul sent him, so that Saul set him over the men of war. And this was good in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul's servants. (1 Samuel 18:1-5)

Many have speculated about the relationship of David and Jonathan.  What constitutes the love they shared?  Of course, in today's post-modern culture, some say that David and Jonathan became lovers.  Of course, this is nonsense from an historical sense and also from a grammatical one: sexual love in the Old Testament uses the verb "to know" where the Hebrew word used in our passage is "to love" in a truer, more full sense.  The question remains: what is happening here?

From the simplest standpoint, one so simple that it is overlooked in today's theological environment (but not during the reformation), what is happening is that David is replacing Jonathan as true heir to the throne of Israel.  Remember, David has been anointed king, God's chosen.  Saul is still physically on the throne, and Jonathan, as Saul's actual son, is destined to inherit the throne and be king.  What God is doing here is he is knitting the soul of Jonathan to the soul of David so that David becomes not only the supernaturally revealed heir to the throne but also the physical heir to the throne as well.  Jonathan makes a covenant with David, making this transfer of future power official, and he actually gives David the ornaments of his Lordship.  Jonathan does what Saul can never do.  Remember, from last sermon, that Saul is willing to bring David close to him in order to use David to further his success, but Saul is never able to submit to David as his Lord and King, even though David has been anointed as such.  Jonathan does just that: he submits to David as his Lord and King, just as we are to submit to Jesus Christ as our Lord and King.

Since the 80s there has been a movement attempting to deny the Lordship of Jesus.  The alternative to calling Jesus Lord is that we not become disciples in the true sense and merely give mental assent to Christ's salvation of our souls.  Belief without submission and obedience is not true belief, for a justifying faith will alter the behavior of the faithful one.  One with true faith may fail at keeping God's commandments, but he will TRY, and when he fails he will repent.  So, a true faith in Christ is one that acknowledges Jesus as Lord as well as savior.  Christ himself tells us many times that all of the elect have been given to him by the Father.  Christ is our owner, so he is our Lord and Master.  In the sermon in Acts 2, Peter says, "Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified."

Let's look at the covenant that Jonathan makes with David to understand our covenant with Christ.  Remember first that there is a knitting of Jonathan's soul to David's before the covenant, and this knitting is not an act of Jonathan's but an act of God.  This can be compared to the regeneration of the soul of the elect by the Lord that precedes faith.  Paul explains how all of this happens in Romans 10:5-13.

1. We are all born into a covenant of works, a righteousness that is based on the law of God, best expressed in the 10 commandments.  We are unable to keep this law.

2. The covenant of Christ (or faith) rejects self-salvation entirely.  No one is able to get to heaven on works of the law.

3. The covenant of Christ also rejects our atoning for another.  Because of our own sins, we are unable to die on another's behalf.  Our own sins stand in the way and must be taken care of first.

4. Faith seems to have two components: a heart component and a spoken component.

5. The Lordship of Christ seems to be the spoken component.  What does this mean?  It means that a true belief in the heart, a justifying faith, will reveal itself to the world not as a complicated explanation of the atonement but as a simple confession of Jesus being the Lord of our life, your owner, your master.

6. Justification is a matter of the heart, but this justification drives the outward confession of the Lordship of Christ.  This confession is a method of evangelism. Knowing that Christ has saved you will manifest into outward connection with others about Jesus as King.

This is why Paul and Peter both say that, "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."  When I preach, I could explain the atonement from all angles, but unless Christ has bought you with his blood and is your Lord, my words are meaningless. All of Paul's brilliant words in his letters are merely academic if God has not taken you out of the covenant of works and placed you in the covenant of faith.  We are not saved unless God has knit our spirit to his own, like Jonathan's to David's, and we have made Christ our Lord and savior.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Four Kinds of Faith

As soon as Saul saw David go out against the Philistine, he said to Abner, the commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is this youth?” And Abner said, “As your soul lives, O king, I do not know.” And the king said, “Inquire whose son the boy is.” And as soon as David returned from the striking down of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. And Saul said to him, “Whose son are you, young man?” And David answered, “I am the son of your servant Jesse the Bethlehemite.” (1 Samuel 17:55-58)

Saul inquires whose son David is, because the relationship has become more intimate, and David now needs to become family.  The defeat of Goliath has earned David a place in Saul's immediate household, and we see soon that Saul gives one of his daughters to David as a wife.  Notice the difference in the Saul/David relationship from before the Goliath battle:

Now the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul, and a harmful spirit from the Lord tormented him. And Saul's servants said to him, “Behold now, a harmful spirit from God is tormenting you. Let our lord now command your servants who are before you to seek out a man who is skillful in playing the lyre, and when the harmful spirit from God is upon you, he will play it, and you will be well.” So Saul said to his servants, “Provide for me a man who can play well and bring him to me.” One of the young men answered, “Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a man of good presence, and the Lord is with him.” Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me David your son, who is with the sheep.” And Jesse took a donkey laden with bread and a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them by David his son to Saul. And David came to Saul and entered his service. And Saul loved him greatly, and he became his armor-bearer. And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, “Let David remain in my service, for he has found favor in my sight.” And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him. (1 Samuel 16:14-23)

Saul loved David greatly before, but only in as much as David would send the evil spirit away from him.  Remember, Saul no longer has the Holy Spirit, and so he is outside the church, although he is the visual head of Israel, and so David is very valuable to him in what he can accomplish for him.  David can ward off demons, and he is also Saul's armor bearer.  He is like a ward of protection. Even though Saul loves David, only after the defeat of Goliath does Saul intend to change the relationship into something more.  Saul is putting a deeper faith in David.  Before, he was putting faith in the miracles that David wrought for him, and now he is...doing the same thing.  He's putting faith in David as his champion, defeating not only demons but the devil himself, and this is still faith in the miraculous work of David.  Saul, being king himself, still refuses to put his faith in David as king over him.  And he never will.  Remember, God has already anointed David as the true king of Israel, so David is king, just as Christ is the messiah and all is his, and yet many today--a majority--refuse to bend the knee to their rightful king.  Most people are their own kings, and they don't need Christ.  They will not put faith in Jesus as their Lord and savior, and yet many who call themselves Christian will put their faith only in his miracles.

According to Zacharias Ursinus, in his commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism, the scriptures speak of four kinds of faith.  Only the last, justifying faith, saves us.  Here are the other three:

Historical faith.  This is believing the word of God is true, that the Bible isn't just a made-up thing but an historical text, and that the doctrines found within are true.  Does this save us?  No.  Remember the devils believed and trembled.  Simon Magus also believed.

Temporary faith. This is just like historical faith, except it is accompanied by joy.  However, this faith does not endure.  "As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away." (Matthew 13:20-21)

The faith of miracles.  This is having faith in the works of God for our temporal benefit.  Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13, "And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing."  If he has the power of God in his hands, but he does not have the love that God bestowed on us through his sacrificial death on the cross, he is still dead in his sins, and so are we, if we have put our faith in the wonders of God and not the atoning death of Christ on our behalf.  The sons of Sceva and Simon Magus sought this power, and yet they were not saved. Most importantly, read this passage from Luke:

And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. And he said to them, “Take nothing for your journey, no staff, nor bag, nor bread, nor money; and do not have two tunics. And whatever house you enter, stay there, and from there depart. And wherever they do not receive you, when you leave that town shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” And they departed and went through the villages, preaching the gospel and healing everywhere. (Luke 9:1-6)

Who is included in the twelve?  Judas!  Judas, as an apostle, performed miracles with the rest of them, but Christ called him a devil.  Many will say at the end of the age, "Lord, did I not cast out devils in your name?" to whom he will reply, "I never knew you."

Justifying faith alone contains the belief that the "righteousness of Christ is granted and imputed to us, so that we are accounted just in the sight of God." (110-111).  Another thing that Ursinas claims that I found fascinating is that only those who possess a justifying faith know what it is, just as one cannot understand the flavor of honey unless he tastes it himself, no matter how much the flavor has been described to him beforehand.

So, we see that Saul has not applied David's "salvation" to himself by submission.  He has only brought David closer in order to utilize this powerful person whom God has chosen.  Likewise, we can have faith in the power of God without submitting ourselves in penitence and obedience to the Lord's will.  We can believe that the scriptures are true, assent to them, and call upon God's power, but without the love of Christ in his atoning sacrifice, we are empty of salvation.  Make Jesus Christ your king.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Justice to Victory

When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.

So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron. And the people of Israel came back from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their camp. And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent. (1 Samuel 17:48-54)

David has defeated Goliath.  He invents the gun, on the spot, and essentially shoots his foe in the head, and Goliath falls on his face.  The text tells us that David, using a sling and a stone, has killed Goliath.  The next verse tells us that David ran and stood over the Philistine, took Goliath's own sword, drew it out of its sheath, and...killed him, cutting off his head.  Did David kill him twice?  No, the slingshot wound to the head was a killing blow, but not instantaneous.  Even today, with more sophisticated weapons, gunshot wounds of low caliber to the head do not kill immediately, even though if left untreated the victim will die.  This is what is happening here.  David has killed Goliath with a small stone, but Goliath is still lingering.  David finishes the Philistine off with Goliath's own sword, ending the life completely.  This is why it says David killed him twice.

Christ defeated Satan through his death on the cross.  This is the stone throw.  The devil has lost.  But God allows him time to deceive the nations until Christ comes over, picks up Satan's own sword and cuts the devil's head off with it.  This "second killing" will be at Christ's second coming.  We are living now in the meantime.  We are living in the time where Jesus, without a sword of his own, is running over to finish the job.  This seems like a lengthy jog over to the defeated devil to finish him off, but there is a reason for this.  This age of our Lord, this intermediate time of the church, has a purpose.  Look at Matthew 12:

And many followed him, and he healed them all and ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah:

“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
    my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased.
I will put my Spirit upon him,
    and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.
He will not quarrel or cry aloud,
    nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets;
a bruised reed he will not break,
    and a smoldering wick he will not quench,
until he brings justice to victory;
    and in his name the Gentiles will hope.” (Matthew 12:15-21)

A bruised reed, a smoldering wick: both refer to the soul of the believer, the one with faith in Christ.  He is the "the poor" in the beatitudes.  He is the one persecuted by the world, bruised, and his faith is barely that of a mustard seed, smoldering.  The reason Christ delays the final killing blow is so that he may gather all of his flock together and not lose one, until his final victory is accomplished.  As Peter writes in his second letter:

But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. (2 Peter 3:8-10)

The Lord is patient with his drawing of the sword, so that his bruised reeds, his smoldering wicks might all come to repentance and be saved from the fire.  Richard Sibbes writes in The Bruised Reed

The purpose of Christ's coming was to destroy the works of the devil, both for us and in us; and the purpose of the resurrection was, as well as sealing to us the assurance of his victory, so also (1) to quicken our souls from death in sin; (2) to free our souls from such snares and sorrows of spiritual death as accompany the guilt of sin; (3) to raise them up more comfortable, as the sun breaks forth more gloriously out of a thick cloud; (4) to raise us out of particular slips and failings stronger; (5) to raise us out of all troublesome and dark conditions of this life; and (6) at length to raise our bodies out of the dust. For the same power that the Spirit showed in raising Christ, our Head, from the sorrows of death and the lowest degree of his abasement, that power, obtained by the death of Christ from God, now appeased by that sacrifice, the Spirit will show in the church, which is his body, and in every particular member thereof. (p. 93)

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:14-18)

David does not represent us but Christ among us, sharing our flesh, and being tempted as we are.  The goal of Christ was to die on our behalf, because the one representing mankind needed to be fully human.  Christ's death on the cross was the headshot, effectively killing the devil and delivering mankind from slavery to Satan.  Many are still slaves, even to this day, because they have not put their faith in Christ.  When we put our faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, we will be spared at the end of the age.  Those who follow Satan (and there are only the two paths) will flee and hide, like the Philistines, wishing the mountains to cover them.  Christ delays the final "beheading" of Satan so that the nations can be fully deceived and his children can be fully converted.  The line between the two sides needs to be sharp and defined.  No one will say in the end, "I was dealt with unjustly." Christ brings Justice to Victory.