Day: 54 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel
Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 23
2 Samuel 23:2 (NIV) “The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me; his word was on my tongue.”
If you were asked to write some of your last words to the world, what would you write?
Would you include a list of your greatest accomplishments? Would you mention certain people who helped you along the way? Or would you simply share a few words of truth and hope to loved ones you’d be leaving behind?
In today’s first portion of 2 Samuel 23, we are given the incredible gift of reading some of David’s last words as God’s anointed and exalted king over Israel.
I imagine David smiling as he spoke (or penned) these words, marveling over the memories of how God used him in extraordinary ways to accomplish His great plans for the nation of Israel.
No shepherd boy could have dreamed up this plan as he herded sheep from one pasture to another in a tiny town called Bethlehem. Especially not a boy with humble beginnings, who was the youngest son and least noticed by his earthly father, but purposefully chosen and elevated to the high position of king by his heavenly Father. (1 Samuel 16)
In this special portion of text, often referred to as “The Last Words of David,” David refers to himself as “the hero of Israel’s songs” (2 Samuel 23:1b) which is interpreted to mean the pleasant psalmist of Israel. And the truth is, there was no one in Scripture who composed more poems, prayers and heartfelt songs of worship to the Lord than David.
With that in mind, it would seem perfectly fitting that some of David’s last words did in fact include a special poem acknowledging that God not only spoke to David, but used him as an instrument, speaking through him — not just in his later years, but throughout his entire reign.
In some of his last words, David also acknowledged that it was God who enabled him to rule righteously. It was God who graciously made an everlasting covenant with him, arranging and securing every detail of his life, including his salvation and bringing to fruition his every desire.
You may be surprised that some of David’s last words didn’t include details about his biggest accomplishments. David didn’t mention all the wars he won or the possessions he acquired. David didn’t boast about his ability to write all those beautiful psalms. He didn’t express all the ways he was able to win friends and influence others. Instead, David honored God, acknowledged His greatness and boasted about God’s everlasting covenant.
Reading through some of David’s last words challenges me to ask this question: Will you and I do the same?
Will we spend what could be our last years, months, days or even moments on this earth telling others about the greatness of God? Or will we spend that time propping up ourselves and boasting about our accomplishments?
Will we share how God has been faithful to us through His everlasting covenant, even though we’ve sometimes been unfaithful to Him? Will we take the promises we find in His Word and repeat them to our family, friends, neighbors and even strangers?
Will we tell about God’s extraordinary gift of righteousness through the saving grace of His Son, Jesus? Will we sing songs of worship, write prayers of praise and give God the honor He deserves?
When it’s all said and done, and we’ve breathed our last breath here on earth, will others be able to say our words counted for the glory of God?
Prayer: Lord, there are not enough words in this world to fully describe Your greatness. And if I had to share all the ways You’ve faithfully loved me, I would run out of time before I ran out of examples. But with the time I have left on this earth, let me use it well by singing Your praises, glorifying Your name and telling others about Your unfailing love and gift of salvation. In Jesus’ name, amen.
The second portion of 2 Samuel 23 provides a list of men who were considered King David’s... Read More
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