Day 126

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1 Kings 2:1-9; 2 Samuel 23:1-7; 1 Kings 2:10-12; 1 Chronicles 29:26-30; Psalm 4-6; Psalm 8-9; Psalm 11

Maria Roemhildt, Small Groups

In today’s readings, we reach the end of King David’s earthly life. David had been a faithful shepherd, skilled musician, military hero, loving father, and protector of his country. In his last words David describes himself as “anointed and exalted by the Most High, Israel’s songwriter, and spokesman of God.”

David didn’t write his songs (aka Psalms) from some lofty penthouse office protected from the realities of life, but as one who was greatly gifted and yet had deep challenges, pain and loss. In Psalms 4, 5, 6 & 11 David seeks refuge and relief, pleading to God, “How long?” “Answer me when I call,” “Listen to my cry for help.” Even this super-strong biblical hero grew weary of waiting, pain and illness, personal loss, betrayal, hiding in caves, and fleeing from enemies. Yet he never stopped pouring out his heart to God, praising God through song, giving thanks, telling the great things God had done, and seeking strength and refuge through God.

With his last words, David recounts God’s presence in his life and provides direction and encouragement to Solomon, his successor. David lovingly describes Godly leadership: “One who rules in the fear of the LORD and righteousness is like light of the morning at sunrise…like brightness after rain that brings life from the earth.”

I think of the light breaking through the clouds after a good Midwestern thunderstorm–a really big one, with towering cloud formations building throughout the day, where the force of the wall cloud blowing through and the sudden drop in temperature sent us taking shelter before amazing lightning strikes lit the entire sky and torrents of rain followed. During serious storms, darkness would overtake the afternoon and after the storm had passed we would emerge to survey the effects of the winds and rain. Amidst parting clouds and dripping water, the sun would emerge with a piercing brightness in which everything seemed fresher, greener and more alive. It was Light in the darkness– God’s image for leadership, whether from thrones, work offices, or mundane areas of our lives.
 
“The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble…for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you” Psalm 9:9-10.

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3 responses »

  1. Thanks for your contribution today Maria, your words paint a vivid picture in my mind of the magnificent sun piercing through the clouds after the storm.
    After many, many years of fighting it, I have totally surrendered & become the morning person that I am today and in doing so, I have received the richest reward of witnessing so many beautiful sunrises. It makes me feel so close to God when I take that brief moment savor the beauty that our Lord has created for us. It serves me as a reminder of the best promise found in the Bible, the Son, Jesus Christ is coming back for us!!!

  2. Thank you Maria.

    You have brightened my day today.

    Even when we find ourselves asking the LORD “How long,” if we know Jesus Christ as our savior, we also know that after the storm comes the calm…after the night comes the dawn.

  3. Ps 11:4-6 4-6 But God hasn’t moved to the mountains; his holy address hasn’t changed.
    He’s in charge, as always, his eyes taking everything in, his eyelids
    Unblinking, examining Adam’s unruly brood inside and out, not missing a thing.
    He tests the good and the bad alike; if anyone cheats, God’s outraged.
    Fail the test and you’re out, out in a hail of fire stones,
    Drinking from a canteen filled with hot desert wind. The Message
    I. too, am awed by the beauty that You display from the heavens, Lord. Your majesty and glory are clearly displayed so that we are without excuse.(Rom 1:20). And my job here is to “simply” follow and worship You. You will take care of everyone else. Father, let my focus be singular and undivided just like the dove. You are Lord. You are Judge. I am not.

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