As David sought to establish his rule as king of Israel, he faced military challenges, political intrigue, and betrayal by friends and family members. Even though we may have to live with the consequences of sin, we who have trusted in Christ as the sacrifice for our sins can rejoice in His complete forgiveness. But David told those who wanted to defend him: “Let [Shimei] alone, and let him curse; for so the Lord has ordered him” (v.11). The psalmist David paid dearly for committing adultery with Bathsheba and engineering her husband's death to cover up his sin. —D. All true prayer originates in the declarations of God’s love, to each of which we answer, Do as Thou hast said. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”. Still, God’s grace may transmute them into blessings, and cause pearls to grow where before there had been gaping wounds. He is the Rocks; but His advent breaks gently as light. Have you been hit hard by bad news? After King David committed adultery and murder, family discord followed (2 Sa 15-18). David and Bathsheba's first son was taken from them because of their sin. He who redeemed thy soul by His most precious blood cannot fail thee, however long He may tarry. David’s heart had to “give thanks” and “sing praises,” for the Lord had become David’s rock, fortress, deliverer, stronghold, refuge, and Savior (2 Samuel 22:2-3,50). After realizing the extent of his sin and its consequences, David penned Psalm 51, a song of repentance and pleading for God's forgiveness. We love to gird ourselves in the vehemence of our self-will, to go where we choose, to rule the lives of others; but as the years pass and our pride is humbled, the sinews of our strength slackened, and the radiance of early prospects overcast, we are willing to hand ourselves over to our Father, saying, “Behold, here am I; let Him do to me as seemeth good unto Him.”. Instead of concentrating on the God I worship, I often criticize the way others are worshiping. These steps from Mary's Bible can help you to handle it in a way that will please the Lord and result in good. But the main lesson of this chapter is the foreshadowing of God’s purpose, that Gentiles should contribute to the building of His Temple. David's graciousness causes me to wonder: How often have I brooded over and judged the flaws of my opponents? Like mighty trees from seeds. The Sin of David Devotional. The day that grief visits our hearts is not a time for short summaries and quick snapshots of our loved one’s life. He’ll surely help us bear. They ceremoniously presented him with a 150-year-old pair of moccasins made by a great-great-grandfather. I could give generously to my family because I was sure God was capable of seeing me through school another way, and He did. Everyone is valuable to God. Help me to trust Your rescuing love more fully.By Kirsten Holmberg, INSIGHT: As David’s years added up, his strength began to fail. It is good to look beyond those who oppose us and look to the One who loves us with infinite love. The bitter way of the natural consequences of sin is toilsome and difficult to the feet. Daily Devotional. We all hold the doctrine of Substitution: Do we sufficiently realize that of Identification? Lord, we would see in those we meet Times of joy are needed equally as those of sorrow. In all we say and do; The Lord made it very plain in the New Testament that believers cannot escape reaping the kind of harvest they sow. His Prayers.— He bade us speak to God as our Father; in that marvellous possessive pronoun, not only linking us all to one another, but including Himself in our petitions, save when we ask for forgiveness. His Temptations.— “In all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” The avenues through which the tempter could approach Him were those by which He assails us also. We can endure life's wrongs because, O my son Absalom—my son, my son Absalom—if only I had died in your place. My wife and I both have grandmothers who have lived past 100. God does most of His work for people through people. Lift your voice to God above— Taking worship seriously means taking ourselves less seriously. He was a family man and a good businessman. He had no hesitation, of course, in saying this of his beloved Jonathan, every memory of whom was very pleasant, like a sweet strain of music, or the scent of the spring breeze; but he might have been excused for omitting Saul from the graceful and generous epithets he heaped on the kindred soul of his friend. where to go when danger comes. Even though he confessed his sin, and God "removed the nail," David carried with him a deep sorrow (2 Samuel 12:15-17). While He restores us to fellowship, the bitter cup we have brewed for ourselves has to be drunk. He is King, because He has taken on Himself our flesh and blood, and has forever made us one with Himself. People out there need to see Jesus in you. —Hess. My gift is small but it is my all— Now, His kingdom is in mystery-it is in the Adullam stage. 6:1). This is the test of a true faith. This last attack of Satan upon David took place about 38 years after David had ascended the throne and about two years before his death. “There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven to thy help.”. Donate Now. 3:18). Laughter has been a gift of God’s goodness that carried us through some of life’s darkest days. This promise is ours also, for He has said He will never leave us nor forsake us (see Heb. Nathan’s Parable and David’s Confession. After experiencing God’s aid in battle against the Philistines (2 Sam. 18:2), the worst of circumstances will not destroy that relationship. The message was no. Did not the Lord say so? His threat energized Saul’s early leadership of Israel. His state was impoverished; no deed of prowess could win David’s notice; he was almost entirely at the mercy of his servant, Ziba. When that happens, some kids scream uncontrollably, insisting on what they want. The beginning of 2 Samuel is full of political intrigue as David consolidates power following King Saul’s death. This makes perfect sense given the timeframe and audience of the book. May we remember with gratitude how much He values each human life. But this did not rob him of the blessedness or forgiveness. —Dave Branon. But nothing can frustrate God’s loving intention. The thief apparently concluded that the homeowner was worse off than he was, so he gave back to him the $8 he was going to steal. I have taken care of this situation." De Haan And it was because of the pleasure which he thought to give his king that the swift-footed son of Zadok pleaded for permission to run. Guilt sapped his strength (Ps. Nathan commended David for his desire to build a temple and then went to his own house. Just as Israel profaned God's holy name by their wickedness (Ezekiel 36:22), so too we can dishonor God today by the way we live. Satan not only delights in the moment of our failure but also in the spiritual inactivity that sometimes snares us in our remorse. Will the assaults never come to an end? 24:24). Obviously I do not know the hearts of anyone in this story, but when I heard it, I knew I had to examine my own. De Haan. Thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. Make Christ king in your life. Studies In Contrast: Resolving Alleged Contradictions In The Bible. We are wearied because of the greatness of our way, and inclined to say there is no hope. Just as he feared, some said mockingly, “So, God gave you this child!” The new father stood for a long time, silently asking God for help. Of David the servant of the Lord. He would rather convey His lesson in sunshine than in storm. Nuts, bolts, and other discarded debris from space flights are presenting a real hazard to future spacecraft. We find them harder to receive. When he came to him, he said, ‘There were two men in a certain town, one rich and the other poor. “If I find favor in the eyes of the Lord,” he mused, “He will bring me back and show me both it and His dwelling place.” But if not, “Here I am, let Him do to me as seems good to Him” (2 Samuel 15:25-26). What we need, of course, is to let the King, the Lord Jesus Christ, lead us in the battle against this entrenched sin. Do not put forth thy hand to snatch at any position or deliverance by an act which might afterward cause thee shame or sorrow. You'll never outgrow your need to depend on Him! —D. "As for God, his way is perfect" (2 Sam. God did not take away His mercy from him. So impregnable did the Jebusites think their fortress to be that they jeered at David and his men, saying that the blind and the lame could hold it against David's army. Second Samuel 2 opens with these words: "And it came to pass after this, that David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? But now that He's made me stronger, I'm afraid I'm not depending on Him as much. The Lord punished the guilty but also showed His mercy. Do you still sense your need to call on the Lord and depend on His strength? Let us seek for such an entire faith in God’s forgiving and restoring love as to dare to believe that we are put again into the old place, and allowed to anticipate the same victories as aforetime. Scripture Pastor James Emery White tells about a book he once read called The Book of Failures. There is a rich spiritual lesson for us here. We assuredly find Him to be “a hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land” (Isaiah 32:2). The wisdom which is from above is gentle as well as pure; and in dealing with the sin that chokes our growth, it is probable that gentleness will do more than severity. Mart DeHaan. David recalled his friend’s courage and skill, and he spoke of the grief that caused him to lament deeply. But we must still trust Him if He does not answer our prayers the way we want Him to. Lord, we cannot read about the failures and difficulties of others without being reminded of our own. 1 John 1:9 and ask God to help you believe His Word. Who does not prefer the changeful beauty of an English spring to the unclouded blue of Italian skies? It is interesting to note that adultery and murder were the sins of David, and immediately we see the same sins being com… There is another host of which God Himself is captain. Rain is necessary to fructify the seeds that lie buried in the soil; but clear shining is needed too. We must also recognize that we are not immune to the same temptations. Grow stronger from our love and care. —D. Increase our faith. They will not realize right away If we are trusting Christ as our ultimate source of power, we too can know the secret of the strongest people in the world. David’s very life—and that of his men—was in serious danger from his enemies. For centuries the provisions of this covenant had been observed, till Saul invaded them, and slew the Gibeonites. Although to a certain extent this understanding is accurate, the reality of sin that requires a savior is much more complex. If he wanders away into the grassland, he is dead meat. We know that God never tempts anyone to sin (James 1:13). Then each one's praise will come from God" (1 Corinthians 4:5). For the Lord Most High is awesome. The Lord uses the rod of discipline on His children, and one aspect of that discipline is to let us reap what we sow. Consider it as indicating God’s loving trust in you. By definition, a sacrifice has a cost. —2 Samuel 12:9. Then, whether the victory comes through His miraculous intervention or through His guidance, all the glory goes to God. Our history tells what gentleness will do. David inquired of the Lord. Of God’s great love and care; But ere long the Jews will recognize Him as King, and then we may begin to expect His enthronement over the populations of the globe. Joy In The Mourning . To avoid a space junk disaster, the US Space Command monitors orbiting debris for NASA. When he stole Uriah’s wife, he ended up with far more trouble and far less happiness than he had bargained for (2 Samuel 11-12). David's waiting on the Lord indeed paid off. But we can often have a similar kind of experience. She had taken him into her home when he was young and struggling. Looking at our circumstances, we don’t see God. There is a counterpart for each in human life, without which we should miss much of those experiences of light and shade that so frequently reveal the nature of the light. What a blessing that little girl with a disability has been to the Humphrey family! About half of Chronicles is material repeated from earlier Old Testament books. But the consequences of his sin never departed from his household (12:10). Is such love ours? But the law of Moses put severe restraint on the multiplication of wives, “that his heart turn not away” (Deuteronomy 17:17). Do not trust in oppression, nor vainly hope in robbery; if riches increase, do not set your heart on them. King David would have let go of his balloon when singing his song of praise recorded in 2 Samuel 22. There is no need to fear God, if only we will obey Him, and in obedience discover the laws by which we may approach and serve Him. —D. These words were so important to David that he reflected on them often. News reports listed his worth in the millions. He confessed, repented, and received God’s forgiveness. Her nephew spoke of her faith in Jesus and her care for others. The king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept. It is as possible for us as for David. We felt this would help them to handle the disappointments of life more effectively. God is compelled to withhold what the flesh craves. Badgers know where their strength lies. May our lives be marked by kindness so that others will see You in us. No temptation took Him, but such as is common to man. Meanwhile, cars began lining up and waiting for me. We are stunned as we think of a man like David, wondering how he could have fallen so low. Mephibosheth . 1 There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. Daily Devotion 20 April 2016 2 Samuel 12:1-13 David’s Sin Revealed and Punished. "The loads you first carried feel lighter now, for you are spiritually stronger. We could look at the failures of well-known people to feel better about ourselves. He will show mercy and restore your joy if you turn to Him. We must cleave to Jesus when He seems to rebuff us. God's ways may be beyond our understanding, but we can always trust Him to do what is right.—Herbert Vander Lugt, FOR FURTHER STUDY: Are the Scriptures reliable? The attitude which we took up years ago, of complete consecration, must be applied perpetually to each fresh development of experience. Though David was one of God's choicest men, he gave way to selfish desires that have left a blot on his name that time has not erased. We could panic. "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap" (Gal. Your peace in a chaotic time? "There is a time there for every purpose and for every work" (Eccles. The campaign, with its strain on every power of endurance, trains better soldiers than the barracks. 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