Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 16
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Key Verse: 2 Samuel 16:23
Now the advice of Ahithophel, which he gave in those days, was as if one had inquired at the oracle of God. So was all the advice of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, in Your humanity You are of the seed of David, born in David’s city, chosen by God to rule forever. I give You my loyalty, my service, my resources. All that I am and have is Yours. You wept over Jerusalem, the city that symbolizes Your reign over the world which Your Father so loved that He gave You to us (John 3:16). I pray that I will also weep over those things that break Your heart. Through Your Person, Your work, and in Your Name I pray, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I steadfastly refuse to Google my name on the Internet. The last time I checked it out, several years ago, there were critics, as is to be expected for all public persons. However, I’ve experienced nothing to compare with the antics of Shimei toward David, as in today’s reading. If the Internet had been invented in King David’s day, just think what Shimei would’ve posted about David. The word “rogue” would probably be the least of the tabloid-style accusations. Think what might have been posted by Jesus’ enemies if a contemporary of Jesus of Nazareth had Googled His Name 2,000 years ago. My imagination is running away with me.
In 1922 on their honeymoon, my parents travelled the road from Jerusalem to the Jordan River and back again. The Jordan, at the point it flows into the Dead Sea, is 1,300 feet below sea level. Jerusalem is 2,500 feet above sea level. The 1914 Model T Ford my Dad was driving would run out of gas unless he backed up the hills. There was no fuel pump, and with only gravity feed for the gas, and with the gas tank below the engine on the way back to Jerusalem, my Dad found a way to keep going by turning the car around and putting it into reverse. That’s just one of many stories from my childhood. When I travel the great highway pictured above, I can still see from time to time the old British road, built in 1918, snaking along on one side or the other, on which the honeymoon couple would have travelled. My imagination does the rest.
Yours for learning lessons from the past,
Thank You, Father, for always being faithful. All the good in life – even life itself – comes from You. Bless all Your people today. Give us boldness to share Your life-giving Word, and help people recognize their need of Life, in Jesus’s great name, amen
Amen Rob. Thankfully David was strong and really tuned into God’s leading. Many challenges face us these days too. Too many scams & false reports happen on social media, etc. we must listen to God’s direction and follow it. Blessings all.
David showed great restraint/patience in today’s reading.(‘A man after God’s own heart.’)Social media only shows us the collective personality of society.That is one reason why we should “come out from among them.”Let us not be like ‘them’ but be careful we are not blinded to our faults,for we will have them too.May God bless
Search me,oh Lord,I’m Yours,
Remove the cobwebs that hide,
Find out what my heart stores,
Then put the wrong far to one side.
Search again,oh Lord,for light,
Let not darkness cloud my mind,
That I may freely do what’s right,
For I want a heart clean and kind.
Search my soul,Oh Lord,for me;
Don’t let me be vain and phony,
For such get lost and can’t see,
Then become the devil’s crony.
Search my heart,oh Lord again,
Leave no trace of greed within,
Then I can show,without pain,
The love betrayed by my sin.
G W Marshall / 08-Nov-013
Thank you William again for your poem
Also it just amazes me that David after he did all those terrible things in his life all the sins that he committed he repented and God forgave him but he still considered David a man after God’s own heart
Blessings to all the saints today amen ✝️🙏
I agree Marilyn, as I sometimes reflect back on my own mistakes and regrets in life, it humbles me but also encourages me to think of the life of king David.
Our God is so patient and kind to all of us.
Thank you for your beautiful heart-felt poem, William.
Amen Anne 🙏✝️