Today we are reading 2 Samuel 17:15-29, Psalm 3, Psalm 63, 2 Samuel 18, 2 Samuel 19:1-30. Every single day is an opportunity to learn something from the Word, something big, something small, even just a reminder. No pressure – if you are trying, you can’t get it wrong! Let’s go:
In light of what is happening in David’s life, the Psalms are so much more meaningful. I love it when we can connect a psalm to an event like this. When David wrote this his own son Absalom was the enemy who was against him:
“God! Look! Enemies past counting!
Enemies sprouting like mushrooms,
Mobs of them all around me, roaring their mockery:
‘Hah! No help for him from God!’ ” Psalm 3:1-2 MSG)
David was protective over Absalom, even when Absalom was against him. It didn’t matter what he did, Absalom was his son.
“Then the king ordered Joab and Abishai and Ittai, ‘Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom.’ ” (2 Samuel 18:5 MSG)
God feels the same way about us – and that kind of tenderness ought to inspire loyalty in return. Weird that Absalom was caught by his own hair – remember how proud and vain he was just a few chapters ago? David wanted victory, but not at the price of his son’s life. Sadly, Absalom’s rebellion did not allow for his father’s loyalty. Let’s end today on a happy note –
“Real help comes from God.
Your blessing clothes your people!” (Psalm 3:8 MSG)