Daily D – 2 Samuel 3:36
2 Samuel 3:36 “All the people took note and were pleased; indeed, everything the king did pleased them.”
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If you know David’s story from 1 and 2 Samuel, you know he had a great fall. Today was not that day, however. We see a glimpse of something good here in this verse. Everyone was pleased with how David responded to what was going on around him as the kingdom was transferred to him from King Saul and his surviving son.
Everyone was pleased.
Everything the king did pleased the people.
David was sitting on top of the world.
With what you know about human nature, what would you expect to happen soon? You are probably right. Let’s let the king have his day. Let’s let him enjoy this moment. He has behaved wisely and justly for the last few years. He could have acted like someone on a television show or like Macbeth. Instead, he honored God and did what benefited everyone.
Soon enough we will see how David dishonors God and harms his whole kingdom. Today, however, we have a shining moment revealing his character. It was this character that made him the leader he was. It was this character that would lead him to repentance as famous as his sin in years to come.
No one passes every test. Not even the best.
Let David enjoy this moment. After all he had been through, after all he had overcome, he deserved this moment.
What David do you have in your life?
- How can you celebrate with him?
- How can you help him secure his position?
- How can you assist him in starting well?
And later, how can you advise him to protect him from others and even from himself?
- How can you help him get up again after he falls?
- How can you restore him?
- How can you help him begin again more intelligently?
Maybe the best answers to these questions lie in what someone has done for you, or in what you wish someone had done for you.
Enjoy life’s best moments. Learn from life’s hard times. Learn how to begin again more intelligently when you fail. Fail forward.
Aren’t you glad God tells us the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about Bible characters? Aren’t you glad he is not telling everything he knows about you right now?
Are you sitting on top of the world today? Are you down in the dumps you fell into through your own misadventures? Wherever you find yourself today, love it or learn from it. You might even write your own story as honestly as you know how. Someone needs the benefit of your hard-earned wisdom.
I will celebrate the mountaintops and learn my lessons in the dark valleys.
Our Father, thank you for telling us the truth. Thank you for giving us real-life examples of what to do and what not to do. Thank you for giving us opportunities to begin again more intelligently. Take us where we are today and lead us where we need to go Amen.
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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.