Monday, May 2, 2011

Tuesday May 3

We see In 2 Samuel 5, That David's long wait is over and he becomes king. He reigns in Henron but then captures Jerusalem. The key verse is

2 Samuel 5:10 And he became more and more powerful, because the LORD God Almighty was with him.

The Key to David's life is that he had an intimate close relationship with the Lord jehovah. Out of that intimate close relationship we see God's hand of protection and power revealed through him for His people.

In 2 Samuel 6, we see that David moves forward with his idea of bringing the ark of the Lord into Jerusalem rather than God's plan of transporting the ark. David chose a new cart believing that his new way was better but instead his defying of God's plan of transporting the ark caused the death of a fellow Israelite who touched the ark. As david chose to leave the ark where it was in an impetuous decision we see the key verse

2 Samuel 6:11 The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the LORD blessed him and his entire household.

We see exactly what David ultimately saw: that God's presence brings blessing. This truth can't be ignored, but we must live not only with His presence but in His plan of obedience for our lives.

In 2 Samuel 7, we see David's desire to build a building for God's ark and to honro His presence. Nathan relays to David that his desire is right and honorable but Gid's plan is for David's son to be the builder of this facility and not David.

in 2 Samuel 8-9, we see that David as King is both a victorious warrior king and a king with a long memory as he does not forget that he made a promise to Jonathan concerning his family when he became king. David asked the question if there was anyone that he could show mercy/grace/kindness to in the family of Saul and the one that was brought to his attention was one that could never give anything in return. (Does this sound familiar to anyone?) David hunts this person down and rather than kill them as they were a part of the former king's family he has them eat at his table fo rthe rest of their life not because of who they were but because of His grace/mercy/kindness. What a wonderful O.T. picture of grace that was reflected by God in the N.T. as He hunted us down and gave us mercy/grace/kindness.

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