Day 119

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2 Samuel 17:15-29; Psalm 3; Psalm 63; 2 Samuel 18:1-19:30 (NIV)

Doug Underhill, Governing Board

Specifically Psalm 63:7

“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.” – Psalm 63:7   It is those, King David in this case, who, in seeking help from the Lord, are delivered from the sword of their enemies. Circumstances thwart the efforts of King David’s own son to destroy him. Some call it “politics,” people trying to influence other people’s decisions to bring about circumstances of their own liking. King David seeks the help of the Lord for the sake of the Lord’s people.

Absalom, King David’s son, seeks power for himself and apparently cares nothing for the Glory of God or for God’s blessing on the people he leads. He has strategic options, but the options (and consideration for which option to set in motion) have nothing to do with God’s will.

God has given us free will, but it is His will that controls our circumstances. When we seek alignment with God’s will, and our adversaries do not, circumstances tend to go in our favor. We are protected from the ill effects generated by those who are misaligned, and left grateful to God for providing help, even if we don’t understand how it was all accomplished.

“Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.” Seek God and sing praises to Him for the help he provides.

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6 responses »

  1. This battle was won but David loses his son out of it and doesn’t see it as a victory. But this son was lost long before when David failed to hold Amnon accountable for the rape of his half sister and Absalom’s path was changed from the internal need for his own justice.

    “Warrior king. David earns fame in war, defeating every enemy on Israel’s perimeter. But the toughest battles of his life are the ones that he loses in his very own home” (Stephen M. Miller)

  2. Almighty God, thank You that You are a shield around me, my glory and the lifter of my head. If You are for me, there is no one or nothing that can be successful against me. May I never take fore granted or forget the source of my strength, my saving grace and sustaining love.

  3. (2 Samuel 18:19 following)

    While in high school, I was on the Track and Field team. I hated running. I was a Field sportsman. I hated running. Today’s reading reminded me of how much I hated running. But although this passage reflects those who love running, and in fact, reflects some very fast runners, marathon runners more clearly describes them, I was immediately reminded of a verse given to me during high school by our then Youth Pastor.

    Habakkuk 2:2 “Then the Lord replied:
    “Write down the revelation
    and make it plain on tablets
    so that a herald may run with it.
    3For the revelation awaits an appointed time;
    it speaks of the end
    and will not prove false.
    Though it linger, wait for it;
    it will certainly come
    and will not delay.”

    The Lord had given me a revelation during that time in my life, but I was not a runner (or so I thought). There is a place for runners and I am thankful for runners. So to all of those who participated in the Boston Marathon this week or run any Marathon, kudos to you.

    May the Lord Bless you as you carry His message, whether figuratively or literally.

    Let us carry His revelation, on tablets, to the ends of the Earth.

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