Scripture: 2 Samuel 10; 1 Chronicles 19; Psalm 20. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The king of the Ammonites had passed away, so his son Hanun became king. David attempted to show kindness to Hanun, sending a delegation to express his sympathy concerning Hanun’s father. Instead, Hanun took the wrong advice from some Ammonite nobles and seized David’s men and shaved off half of each man’s beard. David sent Joab out with an army of men to fight the Ammonites and the Arameans. Joab returned to Jerusalem with a victory, but the enemy then recruited additional forces and regrouped. David then led the next victorious attack, with God on his side. Psalm 20 is a prayer for victory, written by David.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Hanun took the wrong advice and suspected the motives of the delegation and humiliated them. He then refused to admit any fault and got his men ready for war. We oftentimes respond angrily and defensively, as well, not wanting to admit our mistakes in life. Instead of arguing and fighting, we should seek peace, apologizing for our mistakes. David knew that the outcome of the battle was in God’s hands. We must always obey God and fully trust Him for the outcome of our battles. A prayer, such as Psalm 20, can help us all prepare for any great challenge. We must be sure that our confidence is in our Lord God, for it is He who gives us eternal victory with Him.
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. Please also help us to admit when we are wrong in life, quickly trying to fix our mistakes and repenting. 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.