March 23

3The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?”

Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.”

4“Where is he?” the king asked.

If you are keeping up with the deeper reading plan, last Sunday we read 2 Samuel Chapter 9, the story of Mephiboseth and King David.  I love this story because it shows the greatness of David, who displays mercy and grace much like Jesus would centuries later.  Saul was Israel’s first king, and he constantly sought to destroy David.  As we saw in the end of 1 Samuel, Saul takes his own life during battle against the Philistines.  This created the opportunity for David to finally become King, and in 2 Samuel we read about David’s tenure as Israel’s second King.  David had grown from the brave shepherd boy to a fierce military powerhouse.  He led his men into battle after battle against the enemies of Israel.  He was a fighter, yet he was always humble before God, realizing everything he accomplished was through God’s power and glory alone.  And as we see in Chapter 9, David had a heart full of grace and compassion.

David had no responsibility to bless anyone’s family from the lineage of Saul, after Saul had sought to kill David most of his life.  But David, being a man after God’s own heart, felt the need to lift up someone in Saul’s lineage and show them “God’s kindness.”  Not David’s kindness, but God’s.  Even here we see that David does every good thing for God, to let God live through him.  And when he hears that Jonathan had a son, one who lives with a handicap, David does not ask for another, he simply asks where he can find Mephiboseth, and he brings this “lame” man to Jerusalem, the City of David, and establishes his kingdom at the king’s table.

Up to this point, David is a great example for us to follow to find favor in God’s eyes.  David, the smallest of the house of Jesse, grew to be a fierce warrior.  And as I mentioned before, he took no credit of this, but credited it all to God.  David was amazingly humble.  He always looked out for his men (mostly, we see his major fault in Chapter 11).  So what can you learn from David?  First and foremost, be humble.  Cast pride aside (click the image below to hear a great sermon about this topic).  Treat everyone, even your enemies, with compassion (as seen in David’s dealings with Saul, obviously not in his handling of the enemies of Israel, who David regularly slaughters).  And most importantly, be a fighter.  Life is a battle, this world is our battle ground.  The most important war is over, the war for eternal salvation.  That battle was won through Jesus on the cross, but our lives will not be without struggle.  Don’t play the part of the victim.  Fight for your life everyday.  The enemy is constantly attacking you.  Fight for the love of your family so they know everyday how much you appreciate them.  Fight for the time to invest in your kids.  Fight for financial freedom and security.  Fight for those less fortunate than you.  Fight for your future and the future of this amazing world.  The battlefield has changed dramatically since the age of David, but life will never be without struggle.  And who would want that life anyway.  If we lived perfect, pleasant lives, the peace of Heaven would not be such a pursuant destination.  So let King David be a good role model for your life and become a giant slayer yourself.  Lastly, do not let sin dethrone the kingdom you build, which we will look at tomorrow.

Have a blessed day y’all.  Click the images above to hear an amazing sermon. Below you will find one of my favorite new offerings from Red Rocks Worship. They just released a new EP and every track is amazing.

Reading plan:  Luke 18

Deeper reading plan:  2 Samuel 12, 13

Prayer focus:  Pray for courage to fight your battles and to always remain humble.

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