Remember, the name "Christ" means the "anointed of God," and as such He has been appointed and anointed to be king in our lives. When David was brought face to face with his corruption, his defenses crumbled. 2 Samuel 1. 2 Samuel 1:17-27 An Emergency Of The Spirit, Read: 2 Samuel 1:17-27 | Bible in a Year: Song of Solomon 1-3; Galatians 2, David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son. We must also recognize that we are not immune to the same temptations. After that, David’s men said, “Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the lamp of Israel will not be extinguished” (2 Sam. De Haan My daughter came home from school one day with a brain teaser. It was a good thing he consulted God, because in these two battles there were two different strategies. As practical and necessary as it may have been, it seemed a bit trite to take a person’s earthly sojourn and reduce it to an index card. How did the Cushite speak of Absalom? Devotional on 2 Samuel. Adjustment. But we can often have a similar kind of experience. God may conceal the purpose of His ways, but His ways are not without purpose. “This house ain’t worth robbing,” said a thief who seemed to feel he was wasting his time. 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. I don’t think so! 1 John 1:9 and ask God to help you believe His Word. He had defiled the purity of Uriah’s wife, and the purity of his own daughter had been trampled under foot. —David C. Egner. God's honor was at stake. "That's what the Lord is doing with you," I reasoned. What shall I give You, Master? "As for God, his way is perfect" (2 Sam. This is often said by well-meaning people 2 Samuel 22:1-51 Reference: “He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.” ‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭22:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬ Explore: There’s a terrible Christian… What a huge piece of cliff fell that day into the sea! That shows me the need of my heart, He sent His only Son to die for us. Not a word is said of his being well-favored and attractive. Our King has known something of human weariness, though not from all the sources that cause it in His subjects. The psalmist David paid dearly for committing adultery with Bathsheba and engineering her husband's death to cover up his sin. 13:5). So God’s will is done in heaven: “The cherubim ran and returned like a flash of lightning.” So God’s will is done on earth: “They departed quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word. He is our strength, shield, horn of salvation, and stronghold (vv. Noel replied, "The lightest ones. . Then my mom had emergency surgery, and I realized I had the money in the bank to pay for her operation. Yet He is there. . The king was overmastered by the father; and the result was disastrous. How has this changed his view of what was happening. The price of liberty— Some may have rejected Mephibosheth because he was lame, but David’s action showed that he valued him. . Are you suffering the consequences of sin? It’s one of the ways we show love and help one another to grow stronger. The Bible does not tell us that the Lord demanded this retribution, and the death of Saul's sons and grandsons must have grieved God's heart. During one of the shuttle missions, a speck of paint created a pit a quarter-inch wide in a window of the craft. 1. In death Jesus won the keys of death and Hades, and the power to become a merciful and faithful High Priest; and now He ever liveth to make intercession for His people (Hebrews 7:25). David’s heart was full of joy and gladness— he knew that God would not run back from His word; but He felt none the less the duty of claiming the fulfillments of these guarantees. It’s hard to tell at times what is going right and what is going wrong… Manipulation and selfish interest are being sought in the name of mercy and reconciliation. The Gospels are full of the wonderful story. Grandfather of BathshebaBy comparing 2 Samuel 11:3 and 23:34, some believe that Ahithophel was the grandfather of Bathsheba, and that he was enraged because David had committed adultery with her. When I sat in my car at the start of the automatic car wash, I didn’t know that my left front tire was not properly lined up with the track. Return to the Main Player. The Light of the Morning.— The love of God steals over hearts as the dawn. Thus other men labor, and we enter into their labors; but the accomplished building is credited by God to each. 1 Samuel 2:18. "Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife" (v. 10). And help him follow You through all his days. The Un-devotional 2 SAMUEL Week 4. If after you’ve confessed your sin to God, you still suffer, with guilty feelings, memorize Proverbs 24:16 and. —Dennis J. Have we learned to take no for an answer?—Albert Lee, I do accept Your will, O God, It takes grace to give godly correction; it takes greater grace to receive it. It’s okay to have fun! His spirit was buoyant and he felt “as light as a feather.”, A merry heart is like a medicine— “What!” said he to himself, “does my father bid me come back without conditions? For in it I see an accurate image, The heart subtly schemes to hold both; but it does not deceive Christ. His atoning work on the cross was the one sacrifice all of us needed to be restored to a right relationship with God. 2 Samuel 17 – Absalom Decides His Direction A. There is refreshment as we eat of His flesh and drink of His blood; as we yield our will to His; as we sit with Him in heavenly places. We have sometimes met backsliders who have doubted the possibility of their forgiveness; or, if they have realized this, they have never dared to hope that they could ever be what they had been. It is very comforting to know how really our Lord has identified Himself with us. David remembers his friend Jonathan. 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. . David considered Absalom his boy and desired to be restored after this rebellion. To meet our daily needs, Instead of behaving like a demanding child and being angry with God, David got up, washed, changed his clothes, "went into the house of the Lord, and worshiped" (2 Samuel 12:20). 32:3-4). —Sper It seems to me that as the years go by, we grow—as David did—in the awareness of God’s protective love. If your children disobey, and violate the rules of your home, you have no right to treat them as you did before, until they have owned their sin. Tertullian (150–220 AD) wrote, “[Do not regret] a thing which has been taken away . On the left side of the aisle three people sat stiffly in the pew; on the right side sat a man in a wheelchair. But Helen’s life wasn’t all jokes and laughter. All must be good which the good Lord permits or appoints. Araunah offered to give David what he needed, but David said he would not "offer burnt offerings to the Lord . Do we forbear from thinking evil? Twitter; Facebook; Email; 2 Samuel 17 2 Samuel 18 2 Samuel 19. We are also protected by a covenant, into which the Father has entered with the Son, not for our worthiness or merit, but only because He would. The Bible does not hesitate to reveal and denounce sin. How did the Cushite’s word choice reflect a different view of Absalom from David’s? But can we point the finger at David and excuse ourselves? Don’t hide. When David asked the Gibeonites how he could make amends, they demanded that seven men from the descendants of Saul be handed over to them to be hanged. Neither would he permit any of his own men to do it. Browse daily devotions with Scripture passages from1 Samuel, from the Today Daily Devotional library. He went, diagnosed her condition, and then gave them detailed instructions for her care. 2 Samuel 24:1-14 A Misplaced Confidence  - Theodore Epp. To stand up to any challenge, spend time on your knees. —D. A doctor was working in a remote area of Minnesota many years ago when a Native American family begged him to come and help their elderly grandmother who was gravely ill. David's reign began by reigning first over Judah. So it was with Mephibosheth who, despite the kindness done to him by David (2 Sam. She is the truest lover; her fidelity will attest the fervor and strength of her affection. In the first one, God won the battle with His power alone: “The Lord has broken through,” David recorded (v.20). This is humble submission to God's will. —David H. Roper, Each day we learn from yesterday And Nathan the prophet replied, "The Lord also has put away your sin." After all, it is but fitting that we offer our bodies “a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God.”, It will cost us Companionships. “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). Yet, to increase his profits, this trusted professional began to dilute the strength of the chemotherapy drugs he was dispensing. Today's Devotion; Devotional Library; Subscriptions; Devotional Blog; Donate; Help; About Us; Today. Because we’ve chosen paths of sin! Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. Make Christ king in your life. So many of us make the mistake of feeling we have to help God fulfill His promises. Across the water we can hear the murmur of the world, and detect its corruption; but we are the inheritors of the world in which there is no death nor corruption nor the dominion of sin. I realized that the job I had received and the discipline of saving were gifts from God! (2 Samuel 22:2-4). On May 1, 2011 the world heard the news that Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, had been killed. David decided to build a house for God. Daily Devotional. He and David stood together in the dark days years earlier. On the other, we see His grace, since the lesson He taught His child had been learned. It works … . What is true, however, in God’s purpose should be the aim and goal of our daily striving. With thoughtfulness in what I say, My faith stands on You and not on my shifting feelings; otherwise I would be sure to fall. . “What a wonderful funeral!” Cindy remarked as we walked out. Tags: 1 Corinthians 10:13, 2 Samuel 11:1-3, 2 Samuel 11:3-5, 9780310341895, Discernment, sin, The Story Devotional, Zondervan “Even If He Doesn’t” Faith March 22, 2019 on Devotionals Daily by Zondervan Today, how might God want us to apply David's prayer from 1 Chronicles 29:14, “Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us”? 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). They sometimes ascribed to God what He merely allowed, knowing that He permits us to make wrong choices and then uses the tragic results to accomplish His good purposes. The men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king. Ah! Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation. And Ahimaaz answered, When Joab sent the king’s servant, and me thy servant, I saw a great tumult, but I knew not what it was.” (2 Samuel 18:29) The story of Ahimaaz and Cushi reminds me of an embarrassing moment that I had years ago when I was in the army. He knew his son Absalom had died as a rebel. . 2 Samuel 17 – Absalom Decides His Direction A. 2 Samuel 18:1-18 (ESV) 1 Then David mustered the men who were with him and set over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. He will promote thee in due time, and give thee to see thy desire upon thine enemies. —Hess, 2 Samuel 7:1-13 When God Says No  - Theodore Epp. Looking at our circumstances, we don’t see God. Whatever he needed he looked to God to supply. ", Then I said, "Though the weights are hard to lift, they feel lighter when the muscles increase. Our Daily Bread, Open Heaven Devotional, Rhapsody Of Realities, Sunday School Manuals, Inspirational Messages cac living water,In Touch,Rick Warren We are stunned as we think of a man like David, wondering how he could have fallen so low. Troubles continued one after the other for the rest of David’s reign. Surrendered to Your control. From every nation, and kindred, people and tongue, souls are being gathered, who form a spiritual house, a holy Temple in the Lord. However, when Ish-bosheth quarreled with him concerning one of Saul's concubines, Abner retaliated by scheming to turn the kingdom over to David. We find them harder to receive. Whatever difficulties blocked his path, he looked to God to remove. Times of joy are needed equally as those of sorrow. 2 Samuel 18 – The Defeat of Absalom A. Absalom’s defeat and death. The Bible, O Lord, is just like a mirror God moved him back to Hebron, and his own tribe anointed him king. What was literally true in the case of the Temple of Solomon, is spiritually true of the heavenly Temple, the Church. David found, as we will too, that we never lose anything by believing God and then patiently waiting on Him. Your heart and conscience cannot safely guide, I have taken care of this situation." He knows what is best for all of us. King David similarly regretted his broken relationship with his son Absalom. Like David in his mourning for Saul, we must see the deaths of unbelievers for what they are—tragedies caused by sin. Hence it behoved Christ to suffer, by His blood making an atonement for our sins, and by His Spirit bringing us to penitence and confession. But neither should we bury our head in the sand when it needs to be confronted. For those we have hurt, we can seek ways of righting wrongs through restitution (Luke 19:1-8). (r. v.). In one of his last wars with the Philistines, David became exhausted. In 2 Samuel 16:5-14 we read of King David being cursed by Shimei. David recalled his friend’s courage and skill, and he spoke of the grief that caused him to lament deeply. Dear Lord, I would be bold and do my part Why did David say that Saul and Jonathan were "beloved and pleasant in their lives"? This was true of David when as a shepherd lad he killed Goliath with nothing but a sling and faith in God. Do not fail. The eagle would have to tear the mountain apart to get to its prey. This is clearly a case when God allowed Satan to influence David, for it was an attempt to assess Israel's military strength. David must have had a similar experience in response to his three mighty warriors. Helpful thoughts: Men from Gath of the Philistines (Ittai the Gittite) and from Cush in Africa were loyal and fought with David in Israel. Faithful are the wounds of a friend. —2 Samuel 5:19. It could not fall into disuse without grave loss to the entire people. Some of the same questions must have been asked about King David. Your peace in a chaotic time? . David remembers his friend Jonathan. Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Now let me choose twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue David tonight. —Dennis Fisher, What shame can overwhelm the soul Help us to have open hands for You When you are betrayed, others sometimes rush to add to the betrayal. 2 Samuel 18:18 New International Version (NIV). The Bible doesn’t tell us about the sins of David to weaken our sense of moral alarm, but to put all of us on notice. It is good to be able to believe that whatever God permits is for our ultimate good—good, though we're exposed to the curses of a Shimei; good, though our hearts break and we shed bitter tears. Admit your wrongs and ask God to cleanse your heart. . Each family expresses it in different ways, of course. De Haan, I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father’s sake. “Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Increase our faith. We know that God never tempts anyone to sin (James 1:13). So lift your voice and let your spirit soar— God declares in Scripture that He takes no joy in the death of the wicked (Ezek. - 2 Samuel 18:33. Before the sight of heaven.-- Psalter. "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" 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. Do not put forth thy hand to snatch at any position or deliverance by an act which might afterward cause thee shame or sorrow. Moreover Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Now let me choose twelve thousand men, and I will arise and pursue David tonight. De Haan David sank into spiritual deadness with no apparent thought of repentance until God shook him to the very depths of his soul, and then he returned to his senses and sought God's forgiveness. Lord, we cannot read about the failures and difficulties of others without being reminded of our own. Such is the love which never fails, but endures when faith has turned to fruition, and hope has realized its dreams. Nothing but blood could atone for sin so black and dark. "Nevertheless," we are told, "David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David" (2 Sam. Out of our failures, temptations, mistakes, let us get the power of helping and directing others. 51:17). Think about it. Though thou art sinful and evil, yet thou art included in the covenant which is more lasting than that of day and night. Muerte de Absalón. We can rest in His infinite wisdom and goodness. Children are so lovable and innocent—until their parents say no to their demands. by the Lord God, without whose will neither does a leaf glide down from a tree, nor a sparrow of one farthing’s worth fall to the earth.”. In what ways have David’s priorities gotten out of sorts? I’d like to be that kind of person, wouldn’t you? 2 Samuel 18 Devotion 2 Samuel 18:5 And the king ordered Joab and Abishai and Ittai, “Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom.” And all the people heard when the king gave orders to all the commanders about Absalom. He confessed, repented, and received God’s forgiveness. Thank You, Lord, for seeing my struggles and standing ready to save me. The silver and gold he had dedicated of all nations which he subdued. It’s all Yours. God has always intended for and welcomed the nations into His family by faith. Our kinsman is King. You may not be the strongest or the greatest. Hast thou had tears, thou shalt have smiles! Users who like Whyte House Daily Devotional Bible Reading Episode #254: 2 Samuel 18, Job 12, and 1 John 1 Expressing gentleness and tact. The pain of trying to make things right can be hard. If we fall, we can find forgiveness and restoration if we are genuine in our repentance. The same is true in our spiritual life. The dealings of God with man are compared to morning light, and the sprouting of tender grass in the sunshine that follows rain. His head is covered, his feet are bare and he is weeping. Water fights, good-natured (albeit stiff) competition, gentle ribbing, and hilarity came easily to us. 1 Samuel 2:11 Then Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy began ministering to the LORD before Eli the priest. A year had passed since David committed adultery with Bathsheba and orchestrated the murder of her husband. —Psalm 62:10. It works … So when you give to the Lord, give generously. As this man accepted his disabled son as God’s gift to him, so David was pleased to show kindness to Saul’s son who was “lame in his feet” (2 Samuel 9:3). 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? with that which costs [him] nothing" (v.24). And hold it up before the Lord— 21:15–22), David likens his rescue to being drawn out of “deep waters” (22:17). Then his eyes moistened as he recalled the birth of a very special granddaughter with Down's syndrome. Lord, You showed the ultimate kindness by rescuing us when we were helpless in our sins. You are in God's hands, no matter what others are saying about you. Dare to believe this. He’ll surely help us bear. I've no cause for worry or for fear. When we are finally in heaven, we will see Jesus seated at the right hand of His Father. When Saul and his son Jonathan died in battle, David honored them in the song in today’s passage, which opens and closes with the refrain “How the mighty have fallen!” (2 Sa 1:19,27). The reward is proportioned to each man’s service, according to his share. 2 Samuel 24:18-25 When Is It a Sacrifice. The Gibeonites therefore knew that God was a God of honor. Grow stronger from our love and care. We can understand why he would say this of Jonathan, his good friend. As the father made his way to work for the first time after the birth, he wondered how to face his co-workers. With great emotion he said, "You can't imagine just how a man feels when someone else dies for him.". How might the people who supported David felt after David mourned the loss of Absalom before the loss of so many soldiers? But their relationship was never the same again. Tags: 2 Samuel 22:2–3, 2 Samuel 22:47, 9780310341895, Gratitude, thankful, Thanks, The Story Devotional About Us FaithGateway is brought to you by HarperCollins Christian Publishing and is dedicated to helping you grow and share your faith. His offspring will rule Israel forever. Helen, our friend, had died. Despite the devastating consequences of David's sin, he was assured of God's forgiveness. Have you been hit hard by bad news? Not only did Jesus die for us, but we died with and in Him. When he arrived, one of the organizers noticed he was acting arrogant. Some of us think that when a person such as David falls into such terrible sin, the reason must be that he was not a true believer. (Jer. Daybreak: 2 Samuel 16:1-23. A red-haired student gets on the bus and begins combing her hair with a green brush. He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. David then resorted to extreme measures. We tend to forget that the Bible was "written for our admonition" (1 Corinthians 10:11). Years before as a young shepherd boy, he had faced down Goliath, the top Philistine warrior, by killing him with a well-placed stone (1 Sam. Now, are we to conclude that God was with David when he met Goliath, but not when he confronted the second giant? Therefore you are great, O LORD God. —Hess. Through Nathan, the Lord reminded David of His sovereign choice of David, of His protection of him through the years of Saul's bitter enmity, of his elevation to the throne and of the abundance of God's provision for him. It is good to look beyond those who oppose us and look to the One who loves us with infinite love. Now David was king of Israel, and here come the Philistines again! Already the walls were broken down, and entrance into the citadel was easy. That He has borne with us so lovingly; that He has filled our lives with mercy even when compelled to correct; that He has never altered in His tender behavior toward us; that He has returned our rebuffs and slights with meekness and forbearance; that He has never wearied of us— this is an everlasting tribute to the gentleness that makes great. Moreover, ultimate victory is secured. It contained instructions that Uriah must meet death in battle. Consider it as indicating God’s loving trust in you. In later years, however, he would have been slain by a giant named Ishbibenob if his nephew Abishai had not come to his aid. The real power to lift it was coming from a crane above, rather than from the man below. 6:14). We are lame indeed; and, so far as we are concerned, it is quite impossible that we should ever win the Divine regard, or sit at His table among His sons. It was not necessary for David to take the throne; God saw that he received it. David’s pattern in 2 Samuel 12 serves us well: We need to declare our error candidly (v.13) and seek God’s forgiveness. We know it also. —2 Samuel 22:33. Daily Devotional. 2 Samuel 18:19–20: “Then Ahimaaz the son of Zadok said, ‘Let me run now and take the news to the king, how the LORD has avenged him of his enemies.’ And Joab said to him, ‘You shall not take the news this day, for you shall take the news another day. Bill Crowder, I will give thanks to You, O Lord, . David’s actions were way out of line with how God wanted him to behave as His chosen king. We are not surprised to learn that as he sauntered lazily on his palace roof in the sultry afternoon he was swept away before the rush of sudden passion, and took the poor man’s ewe lamb to satisfy the vagrant, hungry impulse which suddenly came to him. When we are faced with a problem, whether it's the result of our sin or not, it's futile to run from the truth. 5:17). He was a family man and a good businessman. But today you shall take no … To avoid a space junk disaster, the US Space Command monitors orbiting debris for NASA. We shouldn't go looking for sin in the lives of other believers, of course. King David, Israel's most illustrious ruler, the man after God's own heart, became the seducer, the adulterer, the liar, the murderer—utterly pitiless and unmoved by his monstrous misdeeds. When King David worshiped the Lord exuberantly, his wife called him shameless. While I was a guest at your home in Manila, I used your Bible one day for my devotions. This small animal (also called a coney or hyrax) knows. The work of the Holy Spirit, on the other hand, which is forming Christ in us, is progressive. He told them God had answered his prayers. Nathan said to David, “You are the man!” —2 Samuel 12:7, The pharmacist had a good reputation. Years later, after David's death, Solomon built a magnificent temple and in his dedication message said, "It was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. The Story - Chapter 12 - 2 Samuel 18-19 So, how do you feel about confrontation? But if we humbly call on God, If he wanders away into the grassland, he is dead meat. While He restores us to fellowship, the bitter cup we have brewed for ourselves has to be drunk. David, the psalmist, learned this the hard way. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4–5). Their combined weight is 4 million pounds! By definition, a sacrifice has a cost. Remember, you are the bus driver. There is the patience of hope. Typically, the funeral director would give me a 3 x 5 index card with all the particulars about the deceased so I would be informed about him or her. They become perfect in love, as He is. Many pictures in the Old Testament teach us something about Jesus. Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight? He'll guard you with His mighty power; 2 Samuel 10; 2 Corinthians 3; Ezekiel 17; Psalms 60–61 IN SOME WAYS, Paul finds himself in an embarrassing position. "What shall we then say to these things? —2 Samuel 1:17, In March 2011, a devastating tsunami struck Japan, taking nearly 16,000 lives as it obliterated towns and villages along the coast. In the previous chapter, we read how God had chastised David through Nathan the prophet for his affair with Bathsheba and the slaying of her husband, Uriah. Lord, You are the Rock, the object of my faith. After experiencing God’s aid in battle against the Philistines (2 Sam. 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. 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