Then (David said to the priests who followed him into exile with the ark of God’s presence). Take the ark of God back into the city… 2 Samuel 15:25a

We will live for Christ fully only when we are willing to be impoverished, if necessary, in order that others might be helped. James Montgomery Boice, Foundations of the Christian Faith

Then (David said) ‘If I find favor in the eyes of the Lord, He will bring me back (to Jerusalem and His dwelling place) 2 Samuel 15:25b

He who cannot calmly leave his affairs in God’s hand, but will carry his own burden, is very likely to be tempted to use wrong means to help himself. This sin leads to a forsaking of God as our counselor, and resorting instead to human wisdom. Charles H. Spurgeon, 1834-92, English preacher Baptist

(David said that if God chooses not to restore and reestablish him) then I am ready; let Him do to me whatever seems good to Him. 2 Samuel 15:26b

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea Come drifting home with broken masts and sails; I shall believe the hand which never fails, From seeming evil worketh good to me. And, though I weep because those sails are battered, Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered, “I trust in thee.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1850–1919

David went up the Mount of Olives weeping, head covered . barefooted, and the whole army was with him, heads covered and weeping as they ascended. 2 Samuel 15:30

How shall we comfort those who weep? By weeping with them. Father Yelchaninov

.David was told, ‘Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.’ So David prayed, ‘O LORD, turn Ahithophel's counsel into foolishness’. 2 Samuel 15:31

(Ahithophel was renowned for his wisdom and wise counsel to David. He probably sided with Absalom because of his bitterness over what David did to his granddaughter Bathsheba and to be on the side of power)

We too may pray for God to bring to nought to crafty counsel. A.W. Pink