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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Jeremiah 18:1-4 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Philippians 1:4-6 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Jeremiah 17:7, 8 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)