Category Archives: 2 Samuel

May 17 – Blessed Inheritance

During King David’s reign, the land suffered through a three-year famine.  When David asked God about it, God said that it was because of the Gibeonites who had been killed by King Saul.  So, David asked the Gibeonites, “What shall I do for you? How shall I make atonement so that you will bless the Lord’s inheritance?”  They gave him their answer, King David followed through with action, and afterward, God answered David’s prayer for the land.  Some Old Testament accounts are difficult to understand from our present day perspective. God’s mercy and justice, however, are consistent with His character, even when we might not see the full picture.

This principle has not changed.  It is a timeless truth that God is trustworthy so we can trust  Him.  At times we would love to know the full story; we want to see more clearly the step in front of us, and the step in front of that step.  Walking by faith is what God calls His people to do.  It’s not like the blind leading the blind.  He faithfully leads those who are faithful to Him.  This kind of faith journey increases our dependency on the One who knows what is best for each of His children.

2 Samuel 21:3 NIV

May 16 – Compassion, Mercy, and Generosity to Bless

Even in the midst of turmoil, David seeks to bless.  War continued and King David and his family were still in danger.  In a move to protect the king, Joab, David’s military commander kills Absalom, the king’s rebellion-leading son.  David bitterly mourned his son’s death but with the opposition scattered, King David and the rest of his family were safe to return to Jerusalem.

At a crossing point on the Jordan River, King David forgave and spared the life of a servant named Shimei, he restored Saul’s crippled grandson Mephibosheth back to a position at his table, and then a man named Barzillai greeted the group.  This rich man had helped King David before and David wanted to generously honor him in Jerusalem.  But Barzillai was now an old man so instead he offered Kimham as a servant to be honored in his place, and King David agreed to this exchange.   So all the people crossed the Jordan with the king. After David had blessed Barzillai and kissed him, Barzillai returned to his own home. King David’s compassion, mercy, kindness and generosity are indeed signs of a ruler after God’s own heart.

2 Samuel 19:39 NLT

May 10 – Parents Are Blessed to Bless

Among the responsibilities of running a kingdom, which required fighting many battles, the honor of writing psalms, and the desire to build a Temple for the Lord he loved, King David was surrounded by a challenging family life.  At this point in his life, David had several concubines and a few wives including Bathsheba, who had been the wife of one of his great warriors.  Bathsheba and David mourned the death of their first baby.  Then Solomon was born and this little one was added to the great number of King David’s children, many of whom were grown.

It is in this complex family tree that we find tragedy: Amnon, David’s son by one of his wives, raped Tamar, David’s daughter by another of his wives.  Absalom, the brother of the defiled girl, planned to take revenge.  Absalom invited King David and all of the king’s sons to his home for a feast, as it was sheep sheering time.  But David told Absalom, “No, my son. If we all came, we would be too much of a burden on you.” Absalom pressed him, but the king would not come, though he gave Absalom his blessing.  Although David did not go to Absalom’s party, the others did, and that day Absalom took justice into his own hands, and killed his brother Amnon.

Even as king, David was not exempt from the deep pain caused by those closest to him.  It is hard to really imagine the shock, anger, and grief that David and his various wives must have felt during this tragic time.  Dysfunctional families are not a modern day phenomenon.  And it is not a mystery that our actions come from our thoughts; and consequences, good and bad, will eventually follow what we choose to do.  Circumstances can certainly get complicated.

When I think of David, the thoughts that come to my mind are a shepherd boy, a brave giant slayer, a gifted musician, a mighty warrior, a great king and a man after God’s own heart.  David was all of these things but maybe the role many of us can relate to most naturally is that of his role as a parent.  David was the kind of father who wanted to bless his children, even the child intent on revenge.

Our Heavenly Father, no matter what role or position or title we may bear, I pray that as parents (or as aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, friends) we would seek You and Your wisdom and we would invest wisely in those You have blessed us with.  Help us, Lord God, to be part of the solution in a world that needs to see Your love in action.  Justice and mercy can best be pursued when we choose to walk humbly with You.  Lead us Father to love like You love.  Amen.

2 Samuel 13:25 NLT

May 1 – Forever Blessed

Psalm 107 is a long song about the Lord’s acts of faithful love.  God’s character as our Redeemer, Provider and Protector is revealed as we read about His people in various situations.  He is powerful yet merciful, and firmly establishes His people who love Him. God gives His people fertile soil to work into a fruitful harvest.  How he blesses them! They raise large families there, and their herds of livestock increase.  Things are going well for God’s people and for the king that He has placed over them.

By this time in God’s Story, King David is well established in Jerusalem, living in his fine house of cedar.  David desires to build a house for God but Nathan the prophet informs David that he will not be be the builder of the Temple, but that his son will build it.   When David heard this news, he shared his gratitude to God and ends his prayer with:  “Now, please bless Your servant’s house so that it will continue before You forever. For You, Lord God, have spoken, and with Your blessing Your servant’s house will be blessed forever.”

Forever blessed.  Whether kings or paupers or somewhere in between when we serve the God of all blessings we are blessed forever.  God is a loving Father who redeems, provides for, and protects His children.

Psalm 107:38 NLT; 2 Samuel 7:29 HCSB (also in 1 Chronicles 17:27)

April 26 – Bless God with Great Rejoicing

Even kings need a time of transition to settle into the role and put things in order as they should be.  Such was the case for David and the ark of God.   After an unsuccessful attempt of transporting the ark of God to Jerusalem, it was left at the house of Obed-edom for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edom and his whole family.  Then King David received this report: “The Lord has blessed Obed-edom’s family and all that belongs to him because of the ark of God.” So David went and had the ark of God brought up from Obed-edom’s house to the city of David with rejoicing.  It seemed everyone, except David’s wife Michal, was extremely joyful. Great thankfulness was expressed as they celebrated the return of the ark.  When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of Yahweh of Hosts.

1 Chronicles 16 records the same events and shares some additional interesting detail including a song that David wrote for the event.  The passage ends with: Then all the people returned to their homes, and David turned and went home to bless his own family.  I love how blessings and rejoicing go together.  We can often feel a sense of being blessed after a meaningful time with God in church. Be blessed and happy, celebrate, then return home to be a blessing to your family as you joyfully seek to meet their needs.  And even after the emotional mountaintop experience levels out into the valley of day-to-day living, bless on.

2 Samuel 6:11b-12, 18 HCSB; 1 Chronicles 16:43 NLT

April 19 – Kindness Returns Blessing for Blessing

David became the king of Judah and continued to honor Saul even after his death.  Men of Jabesh-Gilead carefully buried King Saul and David sent this message to them, “The Lord bless you, because you have shown this kindness to Saul your lord when you buried him. Now, may the Lord show kindness and faithfulness to you, and I will also show the same goodness to you because you have done this deed. Therefore, be strong and courageous, for though Saul your lord is dead, the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.” 

Many years later David was anointed king over all of Israel, fulfilling the promise the Lord made through Samuel.  David would learn that with a very powerful position comes great responsibility.  David went out of his way to bless those who had acted in kindness.  Have we had some form of kindness shown to us recently?  If so, how will we return that blessing with a blessing?

2 Samuel 2:5-7 HCSB