September 8, Reading 1 – 2 Samuel 24

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SAA Notes

The sin was not in the census – Moses was told to take censuses. The sin was in placing his pride and trust on his growing power and military might. “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 4:6 The place where mercy stayed the judgment of God was the future site for the altar!

SJA Notes

“I will not offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God that cost me nothing.”

How clearly David understands the importance of worship! The gravity of the Lord God!

“But the king’s word prevailed against Joab and the commanders of the army.”

How broken is David’s pride in his might, in his army, his victories.

There are two stark David’s here. The unrepentant sinner whose pride will not let him be swayed by wisdom. And the repentant disciple who throws himself at the feet of the Almighty.

It is encouraging for me to see David doing both of these things. Because my own heart is full of pride at times, and is broken before the Lord at times.

How good will it be to clack tankards together with our brother David in glory! Covered and washed and clean in Jesus, without our pride that threatens to overwhelm us at times. How good will that be! To gather with the multitudes of God’s people, brothers and sisters, to sing praises before the Lamb, before the Throne!

Hallelujah!

September 7, Reading 1 – 2 Samuel 23

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The Thirty was an elite group within the kingdom. All those who were part of this group are listed. David would not treat as common, water brought with so high a price. How do you and I treat Christ who has brought us living water?

SJA Notes

You can hear Psalm 1 resonating here in David’s words.

“The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.” Syncs with v6 and 7. The thorns in v6 sync up with Hebrews 6 (v8 says, “But if it [the land] bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.”), and too a link with John 15 (v6 says, “If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.”).

How dense and layered is God’s Word, all across its span!

These final words of David point us to his life: His reliance on the Lord (v5); God’s response to just rule (v4); David’s relationship with the Lord (v3); And God’s blessing through the covenant He has made (v5).

So they are apt for leaders who would be godly. Any kind of leader, which when we get granular, includes many of us, any different points and segments in our lives. We lead in our families, biological and church. We lead in our places of work and recreation.

But too, deeper perhaps, David’s words point to Jesus.

He is the King who the Spirit of the LORD spoke too! In fact, He is God’s Word become flesh!

He is the King who rules justly over men, the one who enacted the everlasting covenant (God keeps both sides, Jesus made it possible for us).

And while we can lead at times and places, He is the King who must lead us at _all_ times!

Rev 17 v14 says, and this is something that resonates deeper with the frail and broken but faithful conquering king we see in David, pointing us more and more to Jesus, “They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is the Lord of lords and the King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”

Hallelujah!

September 6, Reading 1 – 2 Samuel 22

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What do you see of faith in this psalm by David at the end of his life? Is there some further knowledge of God or something that stands out to you about Him? Think about the words in verse 51: He shows unfailing kindness to His Christ!

SJA Notes

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge,”

Here is David at his best, glorifying God, bringing praise to the Lord, showing a depth of faith and understanding that is a blessing for all of to read of!

This is a Lord’s Christ psalm, a Messiah song. One written by a king that the Lord blessed mightily, a king who conquered the enemies of God’s people.

And so in that it points us to Jesus, the truths we can read of in His word, that the cords of Sheol entangled Him, the snares of death confronted Him (v6).

At the cross and in the tomb the LORD bowed the heavens and came down!

“In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I called. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry came to his ears.”

But it’s also a servant’s prayer, a song for the disciple of Jesus.

“He rescued me, because he delighted in me.”, and “He is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.” and “The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be my God, the rock of my salvation,”

This is a most wonderful passage, a song that we can sing and wrestle with – Onwards, often, and always. There is so much here, so much hope and love and wisdom.

What a wonderful heavenly Father we have, that He would give us encouragement such as this, from His Word down through the ages! Hallelujah!