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2 Samuel 7

DAILY DEVOTION

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MONDAY, MARCH 18 

SCRIPTURE:2 Samuel 7

BY: Josh Boles

I am really excited to dive into the chapters we have in front of us this week. Most of our chapters this week deals with David’s victories. As we all know David was a good, and faithful king for Israel. This might be the only time I ever say this, and it does truly hurt my soul to say….. but, Jeremy did a great job with Friday’s devotion.

This week we get to look at David’s success, and it is important to remember what made David so successful. As Jeremy said Friday, he always went back to the point in his relationship with God when he was close to Him. David had a tendency to, no matter what he was going through, to remember the hand of God in his life. We see this become very evident in the Psalms that David wrote.

At the beginning of Chapter 7 we start off with the fact that God had given David “rest” from his enemies. I think the word rest here is important. It is not often that people find rest after a war. There is always remnants of war, and constant threats of our enemies seeking vengeance, but we read in multiple occasions in this chapter that they had rest. I believe this means that David had full trust in the Lord’s promises, and had no fear for any enemy.

How many of us can say this, even after being victorious over battles in our lives? We can also look at the fact that the Lord commanded them to build a “house” for the Ark. There were no regulations on the Ark as to where is should be kept, only that it should come with carrying poles. (see Exodus 25) For many years the Ark, along with the Israelites wondered the desert, were in constant battle, and were even overthrown by enemies on multiple occasions. Now, because of the faithfulness of their leader, David, the will have rest over their enemies.

2 Samuel chapter 7 is an important chapter in God’s story of redemption. We not only see that the Ark will have a permanent home, but that the Lord will build a house for David. We need to know that this “house” is much more symbolic than it is physical. Verse 8-17 carry with it the Messianic promise. The Lord promises to make one family, that of David, the representation of his people forever. We often describe this as the Davidic covenant.

The really cool thing about us observing this is that we are on the other side of the story. We are reading these chapters with Christ in mind. We know that these promises of the Messiah have been fulfilled. Jesus has come, died, was buried, and rose again.

Cedar is good material. It lasts a long time, and can withstand harsh environments. But even cedar will eventually wither away. This is why the promises of 2 Samuel 7 are not bound up in the physical construction of cedar wood, but were symbolic of the covenant between God, and His people.

Just as David did in his prayer, we have to believe that the Words of the Lord are true. We have to believe that His promises will stand. I do not know where you are in your life. Maybe you are coming off of the battle, or maybe you are right in the middle of a battle. Regardless, you should know this. God is preparing a house for you, but in the mean time, he wants to provide your rest from your enemies. Trust in His Word. Trust in His promises!

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2 Samuel 1

DAILY DEVOTION

FOR

MONDAY, MARCH 11

SCRIPTURE: 2 SAMUEL 1

BY: Josh Boles

As we get into 2 Samuel it is important for us to remember where David had been. For the last 10 years previous to 2 Samuel 1, David was an exile with a price on his head. He was waiting on the time when God would place him on the throne. During these difficult times David grew in the Lord. We saw that plainly stated in our last chapter together.

As we closed our last two chapters in 1 Samuel we read of Saving slaughtering the Amalekites, and the Philistines overpowering Saul. At the end of chapter 31, the Philistines killed Saul and his three sons. Scripture gives us 3 accounts of the death of Saul. One in 1 Samuel 31. One in 1 Chronicles 10:1-14, and one here in chapter one. Because of these other accounts we know the messenger in chapter one was a deceitful messenger.

It was clear that the messenger was on the battle field, but most likely searching for the spoils of war. Notice that he takes Saul’s crown and part of Saul’s gold armor. More than likely the messenger was doing this to gain David’s favor, the one who would take Saul’s place.

What we find next I’m sure shocked the messenger and gives us some insight to the character of David. We would assume that David would have rejoiced at the news of Saul's death but instead David and his men mourned and wept. It would be easy to assume that David was mourning only for Jonathan but is clearly says that they mourned and fasted for both Jonathan, and Saul.  Verses 15 and 16 are further evidence to this point. Even though Saul betrayed David many times, he had no desire to kill him. This Amalekite messenger was a son of a sojourner. Sojourners were accepted by the Israelites under God’s commandment, and were subject to the Laws of Israel. This is why David had him executed. 

David’s grief over Saul and Jonathan was sincere, and to help the people remember them he wrote the song we read in verse 19-27 to help them remember. All of this is evidence of David’s heart for the Lord. As we have already discussed, David had made many mistakes, and will continue to do so until the day he dies. What is important is that David through it all, always kept his heart set on the Lord. He wanted God’s plan for his life and for the Nation of Israel to be enacted. Even when by all human standards he had reason to seek revenge, he looks to the Lord. I hope and pray that we can all be like David in this way. 

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