William Feather once wrote about a young man who found a five dollar bill on the street. “From that time on he never lifted his eyes when walking. In the course of his years he accumulated 29,519 buttons, 54,172 pins, twelve cents, a bent back, and a miserly disposition. He lost the glory of the sunlight, the sheen of the stars, the smiles of friends, tree-blossoms in the spring, the blue skies, and the entire joy of living.” Many Christians live much of their lives with their eyes on the pleasures of this world, instead of looking heavenward, and so they miss out on many of the great blessings God has in store for them. Worse still, they end up never accomplishing the vision God has for their lives.
David was a man who always kept the eyes of his heart focused towards heaven, and so God gave him a great vision for his life. He was to shepherd the people of Israel as their king. In today’s text, his life’s vision will finally be accomplished as he will be crowned as king of all of Israel. But as we will learn in today’s lesson, “vision accomplished” doesn’t mean one has reached the finish line. On the contrary, it’s the starting line for the next stage of life.