Summary: Here's a sermon to preach if you have several people in your church at retirement age.

David Gives Up His Throne

1 Kings 1:28-35

28 Then King David answered and said, "Call Bathsheba to me." So she came into the king's presence and stood before the king.

29And the king took an oath and said, "As the LORD lives, who has redeemed my life from every distress,

30just as I swore to you by the LORD God of Israel, saying, 'Assuredly Solomon your son shall be king after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place,' so I certainly will do this day."

31Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and paid homage to the king, and said, "Let my lord King David live forever!"

32And King David said, "Call to me Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada." So they came before the king.

33The king also said to them, "Take with you the servants of your lord, and have Solomon my son ride on my own mule, and take him down to Gihon. 34There let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet anoint him king over Israel; and blow the horn, and say, 'Long live King Solomon!'

35Then you shall come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne, and he shall be king in my place. For I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and Judah."

An American businessman was at a pier

in a small coastal Mexican village

where a small boat with just one fisherman docked.

Inside the small boat were several large tuna.

The American complimented the Mexican on the quality of his fish

and asked how long it took to catch them.

The Mexican said it took just a few hours of fishing.

The American then asked why didn't he stay out longer

and catch more fish?

The Mexican said he had enough to support his family's needs.

The American asked the Mexican how he spent the rest of his time.

The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little,

play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria,

stroll into the village each evening

where I sip wine and play guitar with my amigos.

I have a full and busy life, senor."

The American replied, "I am a Harvard business professor

and could help you.

You should spend more time fishing

and, with the proceeds, buy a bigger boat.

With the proceeds from the bigger boat,

you could buy several boats.

Eventually you would have a fleet of fishing boats.

Instead of selling your catch to a middleman

you would sell directly to the processor,

eventually opening your own tuna cannery.

You would control the product, processing and distribution.

You would need to leave this small coastal fishing village.

Your could move to Mexico City, then Los Angeles

and eventually New York City

where you will run your expanding enterprise.

The Mexican fisherman asked,

"But senor, how long will all this take?"

The American replied, "15-20 years."

"But what then, senor?" asked the Mexican.

The American laughed, and said, "That's the best part!

When the time is right, you would sell your company.

You'll become very rich, you would have millions!"

"Millions, senor?" replied the Mexican. "Then what?"

The American said, "Then you would retire.

Move to a small coastal fishing village

where you would sleep late, fish a little,

play with your kids, take siestas with your wife,

stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip wine

and play your guitar with your amigos."

In our Bible passage today, King David was ready to retire.

Before he did, there were a couple of more things to accomplish.

David had lived a long life.

He was a king who was greatly respected by his people.

He is famous far and wide for his numerous military victories.

He is known for his great love for God.

Like so many elderly people, David, in his old age,

was weak and unable to do many things.

He became somewhat thin and feeble.

He was unable to keep himself comfortably warm.

1 Kings 1:1-4 says,

Now King David was old, advanced in years; and they put covers on him, but he could not get warm. 2 Therefore his servants said to him, "Let a young woman, a virgin, be sought for our lord the king, and let her stand before the king, and let her care for him; and let her lie in your bosom, that our lord the king may be warm." 3 So they sought for a lovely young woman throughout all the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king. 4 The young woman was very lovely; and she cared for the king, and served him; but the king did not know her.

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