2 Samuel 8:15-18, 2 Samuel 9:1-10, 19, I Chronicles 6:16-48, 50-53, I Chronicles 18:14-17,
I Chronicles19:1-19 (NIV)
Mark Blow, Men’s Ministry
Specifically 2 Samuel 9:1-10, I Chronicles 19:1-9
We are now coming to the part of God’s story where David is finally establishing his rule over Israel. 2 Samuel 8 notes that David did what was right and just. He was clearly following the heart of the Lord.
Remembering his good friend Jonathan, he showed kindness to his son Mephibosheth; elevating him to a place at the king’s table and restoring his estate. Moving over to 1 Chronicles, Chapter 19, David is even showing respect to the passing of a distant king. What does David get for his gesture of respect? His envoys have the backside of their robes cut out and their beards shaved off! In Middle Eastern culture a beard is the symbol of wisdom and honor. To shave a man’s beard was about as humiliating as you could get (next to cutting out the posterior of their robe!). These men represented David their king, so in essence the humiliation fell on David as well. What did David do to deserve this? Nothing!
Now, let’s apply this to our daily walk with the Lord. Ever heard the saying, “no good deed goes unpunished?” Well, David would have identified with that saying, and, if you serve the Lord long enough, there will be a time when you think it is true for you as well. Here you are, sacrificially serving the Lord, and your efforts and good intentions are returned with the indifference of ungratefulness. Let’s be honest–sometimes that hurts! The lesson in all of this is when you count on the gratefulness of other people to validate your service or acts of kindness, you will surely set yourself up for disappointment.
Remember that your service is for the Lord! He never forgets. He is never ungrateful. You can rest assured that even the smallest task done in His name will not go unnoticed.