The kings who succeeded loved the Word. Those who failed despised it.
and tore the kingdom away from the house of David, and gave it to you; and yet you have not been as My servant David, who kept My commandments and who followed Me with all his heart, to do only what was right in My eyes; I Kings 14:8 NKJV.
First and foremost, David loved the Word. A man after God’s own heart is a man who loves the Word of God. It is not about being a worshipper. David’s worship was a byproduct of his love for the Word of God. In describing David, you will find all his positive attributes were actually fruit of loving the Word.
David was God’s preference over Saul because of his love for the Word. What made David’s kingdom a success was the Word. What made David fail when he did fail was because he had neglected the Word of God. As long as David loved the Word, he was successful. Furthermore, God promised that as long as your descendants love the Word of God, they would reign as kings.
Solomon lost it when he stopped loving the Word. Israel entered the promised land by the Word of God. It was the Word that caused them to flourish in the land. And when they neglected Him, they became victims and eventually were thrown out of the land.
So, the land of promise is only for those who love the Word. By the Word you enter. By the Word you prosper therein. David was the lowest of the low. By the Word, he became the greatest king in history, second only to Jesus. The same is not true of those who despise the Word.
In the old Testament those who love the Word of God are called servants. In the New Testament we are called sons. Sonship is manifest only in those who love the Word of God.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord , And in His law he meditates day and night.
Psalms 1:2 NKJV
We have often emphasised the need to meditate on God’s Word. While that is true, that is not where the emphasis should be. The emphasis should be on loving the Word. Notice the first part of the verse – He delights in the Word. When you delight in God’s Word, you meditate therein day and night. And when you love or delight in His Word, you spend time therein daily – not as a chore but as a privilege.