Scripture: 2 Samuel 8-9; 1 Chronicles 18. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
God promised David that the Israelites’ enemies would be defeated, unable to oppress them anymore. God kept His promise and helped David defeat the opposing nations. David was fair to the people and treated them well, and God was pleased with him. David had made a promise to Jonathan, Saul’s son, that he would always treat his family kindly. Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson and Jonathan’s son, was crippled in both feet. David showed him kindness and welcomed him to always eat at the king’s table.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
David pleased the people, because he tried his best to please God. We must strive to do what is right in God’s eyes, and both God and the people around us will respect our convictions. Just as David treated the people fairly, we must also treat others around us fairly. Mephiboseth, Saul’s grandson, was afraid to meet King David because perhaps he felt unworthy. God graciously offers us the gift of forgiveness of our sins and offers us a place with Him in eternity. Even though we may feel unworthy, we will receive His gifts to us if we accept them. As God has instructed, we must forgive those who have wronged us and show compassion to the less deserving. Each time that we show compassion toward others, our characters are strengthened.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Please continue to guide and protect us on a daily basis, and help us to always do Your will. We pray for protection from harm and pain in this fallen world. Help us to avoid evil desires and actions that begin with us, and please guard our every thought and every action. Help us to strive to please You, Father, rather than the public eye. Help us draw near to You. Help us to flee from our temptations in life, for we know that the consequences of our sins can ruin not only our lives, but the lives of others, as well. We thank You for the unique talents and strengths that You give to each one of us. Please help us to utilize the opportunities that You put in front of us, for Your ways are better than our own. We know that You have a greater purpose for our lives. Help us to be patient and wait upon Your timing, Father. Please help us to use those giftings to honor and serve You. Thank You for being such a loving and forgiving, Father. And thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Please forgive us for the many sins that we commit, and help us to forgive others. Help us to show compassion toward the less deserving, as well. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.