Friday, May 29, 2009

Day 27: 2 Samuel 22-23

Welcome back everyone! The last day for the reading challenge is Monday. We only have one chapter remaining. On Monday, I would love to hear your concluding thoughts on 1 and 2 Samuel and what things you learned.

Today's reading is from 2 Samuel 22-23

Chapter 22:
I love David's song of praise. This is why God loved David so much and anointed him as king. David is not some to-good-to-show-his-love-for-God kind of guy. David is a warrior, but he is also a poet. He sings and celebrates all that God has done, he doesn't take credit for any of his battles or victories. This chapter is almost like a Psalm. One of my favorite lines is from vs 50 "Therefore I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations; I will sing praises to your name." This is indeed David's style. Do we openly praise God like this throughout our day. Are we too proud to acknowledge God with song or poem because of his faithfulness? This part of David's life is as magnetic as his military prowess.

Chapter 23:
I don't know which part of this chapter I like best. I'm intrigued by David's mighty men, but I can't help but want to look at David's last words. We have followed his rise to leadership, his victories, his struggles, and his heart. His last words are another indicator of what kind of man and leader he was. The part that had the most sticking power to me is when David shares what the LORD said to him, "'When one rules over men in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth." To lead in righteousness is a call worthy of giving one's life to.


  1. Great thoughts Erik!
    I loved reading David's song to God!

    It was amazing to see in Ch.23 v.8...
    that Josheb killed 800 men in one encounter...just amazing...the might and strength that God blessed David and his men with!

  2. This prophectic proclamation of David has echo into countless songs for centuries. It is as Erik said, like reading the Psalms. Awesome testimony of the acts of God on behalf of His people.

    It is amazing at the listing of names, families,,,a running geneology of who's who. Would that we all had such a testimony of the mighty men of valor !