Day 23 Devotion – Through the Bible in 90 days

Day 23 – 2nd Samuel 12:11 – 22:18  – In today’s reading we go from hearing that the child just born to David and Bathsheba would die, then hearing of Solomon being born unto David and Bathsheba to some of the escapades of David’s sons. Such as:

Amnon falling in love with (I’d say lusting for) and raping Absalom’s sister; Tamar (his own half-sister). Amnon longed for Tamar, but once he raped her he despised her. In 2nd Samuel 13:15 we hear; Then Amnon hated her with intense hatred. In fact, he hated her more than he had loved her. Amnon said to her, “Get up and get out!” This crime against Tamar isn’t dealt with by David but by Absalom. It’s understandable that Absalom would strike out against Amnon but this didn’t please King David.

Then we hear of Absalom setting himself up as king even while David is still alive and seeking to take his father’s life and thus be king over the whole land. Absalom dies and David grieves for this son, even though he tried to take his life.

I don’t watch many soap operas, but they might seem kind of tame to what we read of the life and times of King David.

Our readings end with a song of David, a psalm in reality. In it (2nd Samuel 22:2ff) we hear;

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
    my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—
from violent men you save me. ……

17 “He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
18 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,
from my foes, who were too strong for me.

What strikes me in the psalm of David is his deep and abiding trust in God who has been with him and has delivered him from his own sin. God is David’s rock and fortress.

Friends, as we go through the troubled waters of life, may we also know that God can be and is our rock and our salvation.

Another Psalm that is in the book of Psalms, that goes along with today’s reading, especially as David deals with his sin with Bathsheba, is Psalm 51 a Psalm of confession and repentance.

O Lord, I give thanks for how you abide with your people. Even when we fail you, you are faithful unto us. May we seek to follow your ways, even as the ways of the world swirl about us. Thanks for being our rock, our salvation, our fortress. Amen.

Readings Day 24 – 2nd Samuel 22:19 – 1st Kings 7:37

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