Saturday, December 26, 2015

2 Samuel 23

Today's reading in our daily plan is 2 Samuel 23. Take a moment to pray, asking God to speak to you from this passage. Then read, using the following notes and questions to help you get everything out of the passage.

SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)

  • These may not have literally been David's last spoken words (see verse 1), but might mean that this was his last poem/song.
  • David was very conscious of God's guidance in what he said (verse 2) or the words he composed.
  • The righteous ruler David is referring to (see verses 3-4) is most likely Jesus. God guided David's thinking so he could make a prophecy (prediction) about Jesus.
  • "everlasting covenant" (verse 5) - A covenant is a binding agreement made with God (or between two parties and God, such as a marriage covenant). David is saying that he is counting on God to always keep His promise.
  • David's "mighty men" (verse 8 and following) were guys who were always by his side and fought alongside him in battles.
  • A "stronghold" (verse 14) usually referred to a place where it was easy to hide.

SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)

  • David's mighty men were his friends who were loyal and courageous. He knew he could always count on them and that they would look out for his best interest. We all need people like that.

NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)

  • Who would consider you a loyal and courageous friend? Are there people who would point to you as someone they can always trust, and who is brave enough to tell them what they need to hear or do what needs to be done? If not, ask God to make you into that kind of friend, and start choosing to live that way.
  • Who would you consider your loyal and courageous friends? Do you have people you have let into your life enough and have walked through life with enough that you know you can trust them? If not, ask God for friends like that, and start looking for those kinds of friends in the right places.