Tag Archive: 2 Samuel 8


Read: 2 Samuel 12:18-31/1 Chronicles 20:1-3, 2 Samuel 8/1 Chronicles 18, 1 Chronicles 11:10, 2 Samuel 23:8-39/1 Chronicles 11:11-47

The Daily Bible doesn’t give commentary on today’s reading and I’m kind of glad it doesn’t.  Don’t get me wrong, I fully enjoy the commentary that this chronological Bible offers, but it doesn’t focus enough on some of the people we read about.  One such person is David.

In yesterday’s reading, I saw how unlike David I am.  David makes some poor choices (ok, not so unlike him there); he commits adultery and plots a murder to get what he wants.  Then when his friend and prophet of God confronts him about it, exposing David’s sin, it’s in David’s response that I don’t recognize myself.

David writes a psalm.

psalm 51Psalm 51

I wouldn’t have done that.  My pride would’ve reared it’s ugly head, raising back and puffing up in anger, revealing a threatening hood of embarrassment, hissing and spewing hate toward the person who called me out.  I’m pretty certain I would not have responded in anguish, humility and love.

But David did.  David realized what he had done and immediately falls prostrate, begging for God’s forgiveness and of course he gets it… but along with disobedience comes punishment.

Today’s reading reveals more of David’s heart.  David’s baby that Bathsheba gave birth to is now deathly ill.  David is beside himself, pleading for God to spare this child, fasting and weeping for 7 days.

2 Samuel 12

David’s attendants were even afraid to tell David when the baby dies because of how violently David had mourned him during this illness.  But oh to have a heart like David…to realize that even though God didn’t give him what he truly wanted, God’s plans are best.

And do you see how God blesses David for his faithfulness?  If you keep reading…

“Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her; and she gave birth to a son, and he named him…”   1 Samuel 12:24

Solomon.

Period of the Wars

“David battles almost constantly with Israel’s enemies, including the Philistines, Moabites, Edomites, and Ammonites.  Yet in the midst of defending his kingdom and spreading its borders offensively, David falls victim to his own lust and becomes both an adulterer and a murderer.  David’s subsequent repentance and upright attitude show why, despite such serious offenses, he will later be called a man after God’s own heart.”

Read: 2 Samuel 21:15-22/1 Chronicles 20:4-8, 2 Samuel 8:1/1 Chronicles 18:1, 2 Samuel 10/1 Chronicles 19, Psalm 60, 2 Samuel 11/1 Chronicles 20:1a, 2 Samuel 12:1-17, Psalm 51

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Read: 1 Chronicles 16:37-43, 2 Samuel 6:20-23, 2 Samuel 8:15-18/1 Chronicles 18:14-17, 2 Samuel 9, 2 Samuel 7/1 Chronicles 17

The Daily Bible doesn’t provide commentary for today’s reading and so I want to share what has touched me the past couple days.

David is a worshiper.  He praises God when he’s down, when he’s failing, when his life’s at stake, when he’s provided for, when he’s protected and especially when things are set right…as seen in yesterday’s reading when the ark of the covenant finally returns to Jerusalem.

david dancing

David’s heart is poetry and music.  He worships God with his whole being and his whole body…and his wife Michal is offended by it:

“How the king of Israel distinguished himself today! He uncovered himself today in the eyes of his servants’ maids as one of the foolish ones shamelessly uncovers himself!”   2 Samuel 6:20

But God intends for us to worship Him fully…in every moment of our day, through every aspect of our lives, upon every fiber of our being.  That’s exactly what David did and I believe God punishes Michal for rebuking him.  (v. 23)

God gave us a spirit that praises Him and David gets that.  He sets up the first official worship team (1 Chronicles 15:16-24)…which is true to my heart… a team which consists of singers, instrument players and a worship leader who are to only serve God through music!!

Sweet.

I cannot wait for heaven.  To sing with all the redeemed to our precious Savior, forever more.

 

 

 

 

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