Thursday, May 9, 2013

May 9 – 2 Samuel 8-9 & 1 Chronicles 18

Below are my thoughts from the daily Bible reading of the West Side Church of Christ. Today’s reading comes from 2 Samuel 8-9 & 1 Chronicles 18. Before reading I invite you to pray and asked God to speak to you as you read his word. Also above in the tabs is a link to the Bible reading plan.

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In the book of Acts we learn an interesting bit of information about the way God viewed David … God testified about David saying … “I have found David son of Jesses, a man after my own heart.” (Acts 13:22 NLT) What an awesome achievement for any person to accomplish, to be considered by God to mold and shape your heart and desire after His. Isn’t that what all Christians are called to be striving for?

I think we see an example of this in our reading from today. David is now firmly established on the throne. God has delivered Israel from their foreign enemies under the leadership of David. Now David wants to make sure that Saul’s decedents, especially those of his good friend Jonathan are taken care of. One such son remains, the cripple son of Jonathan, Mephibosheth. Normally a new king from a different family would completely kill the previous king’s entire family so there would be no heir who could claim the line to the throne. But David is not concerned about his throne, but more about the people he is serving. David does the right thing by Mephibosheth and even makes him a part of his household by inviting him to his table.

I think this example, while only one of many, gives us a glimpse of what God meant by calling David a man after His own heart. To be a man or woman after God’s own heart means you are seeking in all situations to do the right thing.  To honor your enemies. To sit down and wait until the game is over to talk to the referee who called that obvious ball a strike. To not be the grumpy neighbor who all the kids are afraid of. I firmly believe doing the right thing is one step in being like David, a man or woman after God’s own heart.

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