"David the Legacy"Stuart JonesHave you ever thought about how people identify you? Are you recognized as your child’s parent (“I’m Susan’s mother”), someone’s spouse (“I’m Julie’s husband”) or as someone’s child (“I’m Paul and Janis Phillips’ daughter”) or as someone’s friend (“I’m Mark’s friend”)? While you’re proud of that identifying comment when you’re introduced to someone new, you just wish you could be known for who you are, not necessarily who you know. The Bible tells us that David was identified in many ways, too. He was the son of Jesse; slayer of Goliath; musician; king of Israel; friend of Jonathan; loyal servant of King Saul; husband of many women; adulterer; and a schemer who had one of his soldiers killed to protect his own reputation. What kind of lasting impression did David leave with you—good or bad? Before you answer, remember that David is referred to in the Bible as a man after God’s own heart. What happened to make this change from being known as an adulterer and murderer to someone God held in high esteem? What changed David’s legacy? In 2 Samuel 22:3b, David acknowledged the source of his redemption, “He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior”. And in verse 33 the source of his strength was, “. . . God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.” What better legacy for your family, your friends or for those you meet than to walk the rest of your life in the strength and will of the Lord? Will your identity be based on Who you know, not who you’ve been?