Scripture: 2 Samuel 24; 1 Chronicles 21-22; Psalm 30. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
David called for a census of the entire Israelite community to see how much manpower he had to fight his enemies. Joab warned him from making Israel sin, but David did not listen. David angered God because David was trying to rely on his own physical strength instead of God’s strength. David had to choose a punishment for his sin, and he chose a three-day plague across Israel from God. Psalm 30 is a song of David, celebrating God’s deliverance and how He is always faithful. Follow along in 2 Samuel 24; 1 Chronicles 21-22; Psalm 30!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
David sinned by his pride and ambition in counting the people and observing the size of his nation and army. He put his faith in the size of his army instead of having faith that God would protect them regardless of their number. We must be careful from sinning in a similar way, such as placing our security in money, possessions, and the strength of our nation. We must flee from our temptations in life, weighing our motives and intentions before we act, and rely completely on God to direct us in the right direction. David chose the punishment that came most directly from God, for He knew God is merciful. When we sin greatly in life, we must turn back to God. When we confess our sins to God, that opens the door for Him to bring the good out of bad situations. Our God is always faithful. We must depend on God for our security, not money and material things of this life. That way, when the worldly possessions disappear, we will not be shaken. God will provide for our every need and desire.
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. Please help us to put our faith and trust in Your strength instead of our own. Help us to treat others with love and kindness. Please help us to flee from our temptations in this life, Father, always striving to please and honor You in our choices, for we know that the consequences of our sins can ruin not only our lives, but the lives of others, as well. Help us to flee from rebellion, giving all of our worries and fears up to You. Help us to strive to please You, Father, rather than the public eye. Help us draw near to You. 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.