Wed, May 24, 2017
Delight in the Lord
II Samuel 20:14 – And David danced before the Lord with all his might, wearing a priestly garment.
David took great delight in the presence of God and great confidence in the might of God. There is a place in worship for our emotions, even if it is in an unconventional manner. Acceptable worship must be “before the Lord” in motivation (not in drawing attention to ourselves). Examine your worship. Do you delight in the Lord and enter fully into worship?
Thu, May 25, 2017
II Samuel 7:2 – …the king summoned Nathan the prophet. “Look,” David said, “I am living in a beautiful cedar palace, but the Ark of God is out there in a tent!”
David’s great love for God was demonstrated by his desire to build God a house. God rewarded David’s desire by promising to build David: a house (i.e. a posterity, a family); a throne (i.e. royal position and authority); a kingdom (i.e. a sphere of rule) forever (i.e. without cessation). The reality is that God chooses to be enthroned in the center of His people rather than in a building made by human hands (“…the kingdom of God is within you” Luke 17:21). God does not choose to live in the finest, most beautiful and elaborate cathedrals of the world. Through the Spirit, He chooses to live in our hearts as we enthrone Him there.
Fri, May 26, 2017
II Samuel 9:1 – One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?”
Mephibosheth was Jonathan’s son who had become disabled in his legs as a child (II Sam. 4:4). With his father and grandfather’s deaths, he had lost his inheritance, his physical ability, certainly his self-image (vs. 8). But King David, in one sweeping act of kindness, restored everything that Mephibosheth had lost (vs. 10) and assigned him to the King’s table (vs. 11). You and I are “Mephibosheth” and Christ, like King David, has restored our spiritual inheritance through His substitutionary death on the cross. We are no longer disabled by sin but, through Christ, have become children of God, sitting at the King’s table. Thank God for his grace.
Sat, May 27, 2017
Tend to Your Soul
II Samuel 12:9 – Why, then, have you despised the word of the Lord and done this horrible deed?
David committed adultery with Bathsheba, lied to cover it up, and sent her husband into the heat of battle where he would be killed. David, who had worshiped so deeply and trusted God so intensely, fell into sin that resulted in perpetual conflict, public humiliation, and evil from his own household (12:1-12). “We must seek to develop within ourselves a godly hatred for sin. We must confess and forsake sin quickly or it will prove to be our undoing. We must not hide sins—doing so usually leads to greater sin. We must understand that continued refusal to deal with sin can lead to serious even fatal consequences.”* When we allow our old nature to control us, sinful desires work within us and arouse evil desires that produce a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death (Rom. 7:5). Tend to your soul.