A Faithful Dave

As an adult I became increasingly disenchanted with my namesake ‘David’, who no doubt was much ‘beloved’ – but seemed to love no-one but himself.

I don’t think David really loved the women in his life, and though Jonathan ‘loved him as his own soul’ (1 Sam.18:1) and he said Jonathan’s love for him ‘was wonderful, surpassing the love of women’ (2 Sam.1:26), I think David manipulated and exploited the love of King Saul’s son for his own purposes.

When David became King, he used his much-loved status to unscrupulously consolidate his tyranny and cunningly take advantage of his devoted subjects.

By contrast I want to be a ‘David’ who appreciates I am ‘much loved’ and that ‘from those to whom much is given much will be required’ (Luke 12:48) I want to be a faithful Dave – a Dave who is ‘faithful as a friend’, ‘faithful to the end’.

Verse 1

What is there that I can say? We’ve both seen better days!

And I can’t say the kind of things that I used to say.

What is there that I can do? That will be good news to you!

‘Cause I can’t do the kind of things that I used to do.

Chorus 1

All I have to offer you – is a promise to be here –

       assure you I’ll be faithful as a friend.

All I have to offer you – is a prayer to be sincere –

to make sure I’ll be faithful – to the end.

Faithful as a friend. Faithful to the end.(x 2)

Verse 2

What on earth’s worth striving for?

But the sorrow and the joy –

Of being faithful, much more faithful, than before.

Tell me. What on earth’s worth striving for?

But the sorrow and the joy –

Of being faithful, much more faithful, than ever before

Chorus 2

All I have to offer you – is a promise to be here –

       assure you I’ll be faithful as a friend.

All I have to offer you – is a prayer to be sincere –

to make sure I’ll be faithful (x 3) – to the end.

Faithful as a friend. Faithful to the end.(x 2)

Dave Andrews

All I have to offer (mp3) (sheet music)

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