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Ode from a King to the King

2 Samuel 23:1-7

Verse 5  “If my house were not right with God, surely He would not have made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part; surely He would not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire.”


    David had been told by his men that it was too dangerous to his health for him to continue being a warrior but that didn’t mean he wasn’t still the king of God’s beloved people, just that he was taking more of a background role and sticking with more of the official business instead of the hands on fighting of the battles with enemies.


    His change of role gave him time to get back to his writing about God’s goodness.  2 Samuel 22 is a chapter full of praise as David recounted the many things God had done for him through the years.  His song of victory sounds like many of his psalms and in particular sounds very similar to Psalm 18.  This was a song written for the choir of Israel to sing.  It was a song of praise in which the people would be reminded of God’s faithful help for His chosen people.


    Following that hymn of praise the man of song started a song as his final words.  He knew his time as king was drawing near the end and he had more he wanted to say.  The king starts this song by saying it is not his own but it the inspired work of God.  David says he speaks merely as the son of the man named Jesse showing he is humbling himself, he isn’t wanting the focus of this song to be about him but about the true King of the people of Israel.


    David showed through how God had worked out every detail of his reign what God’s plans were for His people.  The people needed to remember that though a beloved king through most of his 40 year reign, only God could truly care for His people the way they needed.  David may have been listed as the champion of many battles but it was God who had worked out the winning details of the war.


    David finished his closing song with some words about the evil men who had waged war against God and His people.  Remember this was a song for the people, a song to help them recall the things the Lord had done for them through the king after His own heart.  David was preparing to say good-bye to the people of his kingdom but he wanted them to know they would still have their true King.


Making It Personal

    Do you know God as the ruler of your heart?  When was the last time you thought about Him being in that position?  Take some time today to list some of the marvelous ways God has shown you He reigns.


Making It Personal Kids

    Who is the ruler of your heart?  What does it mean to have Jesus as the ruler of your heart?  What are some ways He has shown you He rules?


Closing Prayer

    Father, we could never record all the amazing things You have done, they are too numerous to count.  Help us be the humble servants You desire us to be and to shout Your praise, far and wide.  In Jesus’ name, amen.


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