Daily D – 2 Samuel 8:15
2 Samuel 8:15 David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.
2 Samuel 8:15 NIV
Thus David ruled over all of Israel. He ruled well—fair and even-handed in all his duties and relationships.
Eugene H. Peterson, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2005), 2 Sa 8:15.
There are two things we know for sure about God; He is just and He is right.
King David reflected these characteristics. For a good long time, David lived a life God could bless. Notice the inclusion of Jehoshaphat and his role in David’s administration. He kept a record of how the king and his kingdom administered justice and righteousness. Those to come in future generations could look back and see how to lead like King David by doing what was just and right for all his people.
It was when King David started tipping the scales of justice in his own favor that things went downhill fast. The good news for us is it was all recorded. David’s life was not whitewashed. His flaws were not hidden. He was not a sinless saint. We learn from David what to do. We also learn what not to do.
We see the positive consequences when he did what was just and right.
We also see the negative consequences when he did what was unjust and wrong.
King David is a shining example in so many ways. He is also a warning for those who think they are invulnerable.
- This is a good day to determine to live a just and right life.
- This is a good day to set up yourself for positive consequences.
- This is a good day to protect yourself from negative consequences.
- This is a good day to keep a journal of what goes right and wrong, of what is confused and left undone.
- This is a good day to live a life God can bless.
I will live a life God can bless.
Our Father, empower me today to do what is just and right for myself and for everyone else. Amen.
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Job 19:23, 24 “Oh, that my words could be recorded. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument, carved with an iron chisel and filled with lead, engraved forever in the rock.”
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Psalm 4:8 “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.”
Daily D – Luke 10:5-6
Luke 10:5, 6 “Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’ If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you.”