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    by Jan Couns

(As David continued to flee), Shobi (former Ammonite enemy – I’ve no reason to help), Machir (formally helped David – I’ve already given) and Barzillai (an old man –I’ve already paid my dues), (brought food and supplies to David and his men) and said, "The people are hungry and weary and thirsty in the wilderness. 2 Samuel 17:27-29

Let us not underestimate how hard it is to be compassionate. Compassion is hard because it requires the inner disposition to go with others to the place where they are weak, vulnerable, lonely, and broken.…  ( Click for more )

Shimei . came out, cursing continuously (charging David with a fearful crime he had never committed) David said (to his men ready to kill Shimei) Let him alone. 2 Samuel 16:5

As long as we know the Scripture, we don’t have to be slaves to our emotional reactions when we confront difficult situations or difficult people; we can respond instead as God’s Word tells us. Henry Blackaby, Christian author

(David’s response to Shimei’s charge of a crime he did not commit on top of his immense pain) It may be . that the Lord will repay me with good…  ( Click for more )

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…  ( Click for more )

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…  ( Click for more )

(after 5 years of estrangement for killing his brother, Absalom requested) let me see the king's face; (saying) if there is iniquity in me, let him execute me. .when (king David, his father) called for Absalom, he came to the king and bowed himself on his face to the ground before the king. Then the king kissed Absalom (and Absalom went back to his old life). 2 Samuel 14:32,33 Undue mercy emboldens the unrepentant. Me

(quietly planning a coup, securing military weapons and supporters, criticizing his

father's administration, promising to rule better than David, and…  ( Click for more )

Jonadab (to his uncle David). ‘Only Amnon is dead. because Absalom has been determined since the day that he violated his sister Tamar to kill him.’ 2 Samuel 13:32 Keeping a confidence is virtious, but is outweighed when withholding information can result in suffering and harm.

(after many bitter tears). the spirit of the king David longed to go to Absalom (who had fled for the past 3 years), for David was consoled concerning Amnon's death. 2 Samuel 13:36-39 We achieve inner health through forgiveness—the forgiveness not only of others but also…  ( Click for more )

(after the death of their son of adultery) David went and comforted his wife Bathsheba. .they conceived a son. When he was born they named him Solomon (who would become the next king of Israel). 2 Samuel 12:24a Most laws condemn the soul and pronounce sentence. The result of the law of my God is perfect. It condemns but forgives. It restores - more than abundantly – what it takes away. Jim Elliot

Now the Lord loved (Solomon) and sent word through Nathan the prophet, and he named him Jedidiah (chosen beloved one) for the Lord’s sake. 2 Samuel 1324c, 25 …  ( Click for more )

For the king trusts in the Lord; through the unfailing love of the Most High he will not be shaken. Psalm 21:7 Once I knew what it was to rest upon the rock of God's promises, and it was indeed a precious resting place, but now I rest in His grace. He is teaching me that the bosom of His love is a far sweeter resting-place than even the rock of His promises. Hannah Whitall Smith, 1832-1911, in a letter

In the time of Your presence; Jehovah will swallow (the ungodly) up in His wrath, and the fire will devour them. You shall destroy their fruit from the earth, and their seed…  ( Click for more )

For You will precede him with the blessings of goodness; You set a crown of pure gold on his head. Psalm 21:3 When God's blessings come sooner and prove richer than we imagine, when they are given before we prayed for them, before we were ready for them, nay, when we feared the contrary, then it may be truly said that he (went before) us with them. Matthew Henry, 1662-1714, was a Welsh-born, English nonconformist minister and Bible commentator He (David) asked life from You: You gave to him length of days forever and ever. Psalm 21:4 ‘No, it's not.’ Dietrich…  ( Click for more )

Now I know that Jehovah saves His anointed; He answers him from His holy Heaven with the saving strengths of His right hand. Psalm 20:6 Keep me sensible of my weakness and dependence upon thy strength. The Valley of Vision, Puritan Prayers and Devotions, 1600/1700s Some, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. Psalm 20:7 David saw in God one who was infinitely worthy of his fullest confidence: no matter how critical his circumstances, how desperate his situation, how numerous or powerful his foes, and how great his own weakness, Jehovah was all-sufficient. A.W. Pink…  ( Click for more )

He sends your help from the sanctuary, and upholds you out of Zion. Psalm 20:2 In the secret of God's tabernacle no enemy can find us, and no troubles can reach us. The pride of man and the strife of tongues find no entrance into the pavilion of God where His presence is a more secure refuge than a thousand Gibraltars. Trials may come in abundance, but they cannot penetrate into the sanctuary of the soul, and we may dwell in perfect peace even in the midst of life fiercest storms. Hannah Whitall Smith He will remember all your offerings and make fat your burnt sacrifices.…  ( Click for more )

Keep your servant from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then will I be blameless, innocent of great transgression. Psalm 19:13 We have great need to pray to God, when we are pushing forward towards a presumptuous sin, to keep us back from it, either by his providence preventing the temptation or by his grace giving us victory over it. Matthew Henry, 1662-1714, was a Welsh-born, English nonconformist minister and Bible commentator May the words of my mouth . be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14 I need Thee, O Lord, for a curb on…  ( Click for more )

.blessed are they who keep my ways. Proverbs 8:32b Seek for happiness and you will never find it. Seek righteousness and you will discover you are happy. It will be there without your knowing it, without your seeking it. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, 1899–1981, Welsh evangelical minister, medical doctor

Heed instruction and be wise, And do not neglect it. Proverbs 8:33 It’s not a learning experience to be kicked by a mule a second time. NCIS line

Blessed are those who listen to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. Proverbs 8:34 Much…  ( Click for more )

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