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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 6

DAILY DEVOTION

FOR

FRIDAY, MARCH 15

                                                    

SCRIPTURE:2 Samuel 6

BY: Jeremy Witt

Our chapter today has 3 parts.  Each part involves the Ark of the Covenant, which represented the Holy Presence of the LORD.  The other parts involve Michal, the daughter of Saul and wife of David, and David himself.  The Ark has been in Baale-Judah or Kiriath-Jearim.  The account of verses 1-11 is also found in 1 Chronicles 13.  We see that King David wants to bring the Ark back to the people of Israel.  Since the days of Saul, the Ark had remained ignored.  Notice 1 Chronicles 13:3  This will help us understand one of the parts of the chapter that deals with Michal, Saul’s daughter. 

The first focus of our chapter deals with the moving of the Ark in verses 3-11.  I shall confess that I missed this completely at first.  Why was the punishment so severe?  In verse 3, notice what the Ark was placed on.  It was placed on a cart.  Why was this such a big deal?  Go read Numbers 4:5-15.  The Ark is meant to be carried on staves or carrying poles and never touched by a priest.  This shows us that Uzzah was careless in following the LORD’s commands or it is possible that he didn’t know because he was not a Levite.  I am quite sure that he had good intentions and was trying to protect the Ark, which normally would be a noble act.  However, it is in the details on how the Ark should be carried was where the mistake was shown.  This action was not just on Uzzah, but it was even upon David.  David followed the Philistines example as in 1 Samuel 6-7 rather than God’s instructions.  This caused David anger but also fear as we read in verse 8 and 9.

The second focus is upon Michal.  She was David’s first wife.  She had been given to another man, Palti, when Saul, her father, began pursuing David to kill him.  We see Ishbosheth remove Michal from her husband and returned her to David in 2 Samuel 3:13-15.  As David is bringing the Ark, we read verse 15 that she had contempt for David and then again in verses 20-23.   We are not given all the details as to why, but what we can learn is that contempt breeds bitterness and resentment.  If left unchecked it will ruin a relationship as it did with David and Michal as she never had any children.  This is an indication that David had little to nothing to do with her after this.

Our final focus is David himself.  He may be a man after God’s heart and has shown great integrity to this point, he is not perfect.  We see here that David neglects the words of God and follows other’s examples.  We also do not see David seek the LORD after Uzzah’s death but that he is angry and fearful.  This type of fear was not the reverent type of fear which is good to have.  This hurt his relationship with God.  He quit moving forward with God and left the Ark with another man.  It was only until David was told that the Ark was blessing Obed-edom that David went back to bring the Ark into Jerusalem.

When we mess up, we must go back to the place that we messed up and make things right with God.  David does this in verse 12.  Maybe God does not seem as close as He once did.  We must go back to the place that you last felt that closeness and evaluate what went wrong. 

We see David’s heart as he celebrated the LORD.  He sacrificed an offering in verse 13.  He was returning back to God, or we might say that he was repenting and turning back to the LORD as we must do.  David did not care how he appeared before men, but he cared how he appeared before the LORD.  To borrow a phrase from sports, “He left it all on the field.”  We see that in verse in verses 14-19.

One last note that I will point out is in verse 20.  David goes home to his family.  He was going to lead them to worship and praise the LORD.  This is what we must do and to teach our children and grandchildren to do.  We must lead and we must example this before them.  It is not too late as long as we still have today.

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