Daily D – 2 Samuel 5:3-4
So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron. King David made a covenant with them at Hebron in the LORD’s presence, and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty, years old when he began his reign; he reigned for forty years.
2 SAMUEL 5:3-4 (CSB)
Two refrains accompany one another in the pages of the Bible. God’s message to individuals and groups alike is often, “Wait.” Individuals and groups, likewise, often ask, “How long, O LORD?”
Psalm 13 is one of those texts where a mighty man of valor, the king in waiting, asked, “How long?” This is how he begins:
How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long will I store up anxious concerns within me,
agony in my mind every day?
How long will my enemy dominate me?
David had been successful in everything he had done. Lion, bear, and giant? Every battle he fought, he won. He also became the Hide-and-Seek champion of Israel as he always managed to escape from his father-in-law King Saul who wanted to kill him.
In those long years of waiting, half of his life until he was finally crowned king, he prayed. He sang. And he waited some more.
Consider me and answer, LORD my God.
Restore brightness to my eyes;
otherwise, I will sleep in death.
My enemy will say, “I have triumphed over him,”
and my foes will rejoice because I am shaken.
Waiting is hard. It is especially challenging when you are not merely paranoid and someone really is out to get you. How do we handle these kinds of problems?
But I have trusted in your faithful love;
my heart will rejoice in your deliverance.
I will sing to the LORD
because he has treated me generously.
We can do what David did. We can remember how generous and gracious God has been to us in the past. As good and kind as he was then, so is he today. His goodness and kindness are worth the wait.
Waiting creates capacity. It enlarges the space in our lives only God can fill. It stimulates hunger and thirst nothing but God can satisfy. Waiting on God is a grace.
What are you waiting for? If you are waiting on God to fulfill a deep desire in your heart that honors him and serves others, keep waiting and be prepared for that special moment when God says, “Go.”
I will wait and I will be ready when he says, “Go.”
Our Father, stretch us as far as necessary to learn how dependable and trustworthy you are. Enlarge our capacity for your goodness. Turn our desires away from anything that would challenge the satisfaction we find in you alone. We will wait on you, and we will go when you say, “Go.” Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.