David: Abused, Slandered, Threatened and Peaceful
As we open to II Samuel 15, we have entered the consequence years of David’s life So even though David is beloved of the Lord, he still has to face the consequences, just like believers in the New Testament, who are also beloved of the Lord, have to face the consequences of our sins.
After David is fully restored in his relationship with God, we see for the next twenty or so years, how David has to learn aboutliving by God’s grace, with the consequences of his sin. The first wave was from his third-born son Absalom, who murders David’s first-born son Amnon, and then after 5 years commits treason against his father David’s throne. In the process David is abused, slandered, and threatened David teaches us divine lessons in how to face and endure personal attacks and abuse. Some of the most precious lessons Davidwrites about in Psalms 3 and 63.
· Psalm 3 A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son. This is the first of the Psalms with a setting and the first with a Selah.
· Psalm 63 A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah. Because v. 11 calls David King this is most likely running from Absalom in II Samuel 15-19.
Lessons Only Learned When Facing Troubles
Lesson One: When David was at the bottom—God sent him help.
Then the king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why are you also going with us? Return and remain with the king. For you are a foreigner and also an exile from your own place. In fact, you came only yesterday.Should I make you wander up and down with us today, since I go I know not where? Return, and take your brethren back. Mercy and truth be with you.” But Ittai answered the king and said, “As the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, surely in whatever place my lord the king shall be, whether in death or life, even there also your servant will be” (2 Samuel 15:19-21).
Lesson Two: When David was at his weakest point—he waited for God’s provision.
Then the king said to Zadok, “Carry the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the eyes of the Lord, He will bring me back and show me both it and His dwelling place”(2 Samuel 15:25).
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