Daily Bible Reading “King David’s Last Words” (2 Samuel 23:1-7)

2 Samuel 23 KING DAVID-OLDERKing David’s Last Words

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 23:1-7. These were the last words of King David. David was the son of Jesse. He was a man who was raised up on high as the king over Israel. He was anointed by the God of Jacob. He was the sweet psalmist of Israel.

David said that the spirit of the LORD spoke to him and the words of the LORD were on his tongue.

The God of Israel, the Rock of Israel spoke to David saying that those who rule over man must be just and rule in the fear of God.

“He shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun rises, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.”

David said, even though his house was not so with God; yet God  made an everlasting covenant with him, ordered in all things, and sure. This was David’s salvation, and his desire, although he make it not to grow.

Wicked people will be like thorns that are cast away because they can’t be gathered by hand. The man who touches them must be armed with iron and the staff of a spear. They must be burned where they are.

Have you ever tried to cut down bushes that had thorns on them? You would need a tool that could cut them without getting thorns in your hands and arms. Once they were cut, you would not carry them off to burn them, but you would burn them in the same place where they were. In this Scripture David compared the wicked with thorn bushes. Do you understand the analogy?

God made an everlasting covenant with David. David was not a perfect man, like none of us are perfect, but God made an everlasting covenant with David and his family, and He kept His promise. David loved God and He loved David. David was a man after God’s own heart.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 23:1-7

1 Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said,
2 The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.
3 The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.
4 And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.
5 Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.
6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:
7 But the man that shall touch them must be fenced with iron and the staff of a spear; and they shall be utterly burned with fire in the same place.

 

Things to think about:

  • What did we learn from the last message that God gave to David?
  • What did the LORD say about those who
  • How do wicked people compare to thorn bushes?
  • What was God’s covenant with David?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read the last words of David we are touched by the message that You gave him. Help us to heed these words in our own lives. Help us to beware of wicked people like we would beware of thorn bushes. Help those of us who lead others to be a shining example for them. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Blessed Be the Rock” (2 Samuel 22:40-41)

2 Samuel 22 Blessed be the rockBlessed Be the Rock

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 22:40-41. David acknowledged that it was the LORD who gave him strength to face the battles in his life. He caused David’s enemies who rose up against him to bow down to him. The LORD helped David defeat his enemies and those who hated him.

David’s enemies looked, but there was no one to save them. They cried out to the LORD, but he didn’t answer them. David says he beat his enemies like the dust of the ground, and stamped them like mud in the street, and spread them out.

David didn’t have any mercy on his enemies. His life and the life of his people was at stake and he didn’t take their attacks lightly.

The LORD delivered David from the strife of his people. He made David to be head of the nations. People who David didn’t even know served him.

Strangers submitted to David: as soon as they heard of him, they obeyed him. David was respected because he had a reputation of being a mighty warrior. Some of the people probably submitted for fear of their own lives. In fact, he says, the strangers lost heart, and came out of their hiding places because they were afraid.
David gives God the glory for it all saying, “The LORD lives; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.”

It was God who avenged David, and brought down the people under him. He exalted David above his enemies. The LORD delivered David from the violent men who came after him.

David thanked the LORD, among the heathen, and sang praises to His name. David declared, “You are the tower of salvation for his king: and show mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.”

This was a song of praise to the LORD from David for all He had done for him. He recognized God for who He was and all the help He had given him. He knew that it was God who had lifted him up and made him king over Israel. He gave God all the glory for his success as a mighty warrior and king of the people.

This is a long chapter, so I divided it up into several lessons, but I would like to suggest that you get your Bible out and read the entire chapter at one time. These same verses are also part of Psalm 18.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 22:40-41

40 For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.
41 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me.
42 They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
43 Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.
44 Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me.
45 Strangers shall submit themselves unto me: as soon as they hear, they shall be obedient unto me.
46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close places.
47 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and exalted be the God of the rock of my salvation.
48 It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me,
49 And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies: thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
50 Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.
51 He is the tower of salvation for his king: and sheweth mercy to his anointed, unto David, and to his seed for evermore.

 

Things to think about:

  • Who was it that exalted David as king over the people?
  • Who was it that helped David to conquer his enemies?
  • Who did David give glory to for his success?
  • In what ways can we praise the LORD for all He has done for us?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that it was You who made David a mighty warrior and lifted him up as king over the people of Israel. He gave You the praise, honor, and glory for what You did for him. David realized that without You he could not have done it all. Help us to realize how much You help us in our daily lives to face the enemy and to be victorious. Give us strength in the battle of life. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “God Is My Strength and Power” (2 Samuel 22:31-39)

2 Samuel 22-33God Is My Strength and Power

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 22:31-39. David praised the LORD saying, “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a shield to those who trust in him.” David asked, “Who is the one true God, except the LORD? Who is a rock, but our God?”

David declared, “God is my strength and power: and he makes my way perfect.” He made David’s feet to be swift like those of a deer: and set him upon high places.

The LORD taught David to be a great warrior and strengthened him so that his bow which was made of steel broke by power of his arms. David was protected by the LORD’S shield of salvation: and the LORD’S gentleness made David great. The LORD widened David’s path so his feet didn’t slip.

David pursued his enemies, and destroyed them; and didn’t turn back until he consumed them. He consumed them, and wounded them, so they could not get back up. David’s enemies fell under his feet.

Where do you find strength and power to fight the enemy? This is not something we can do in our own strength. We need the help of the LORD.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 22:31-39

31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
34 He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet: and setteth me upon my high places.
35 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.
37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.
38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them.
39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.

 

Things to think about:

  • Who did David say taught him to fight like a mighty warrior?
  • From where did David get his strength and power?
  • How did David become a great warrior?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel 22 we see that David credited most of his success as a great warrior to You. He knew that You were the one who directed his steps and helped him to defeat his enemies. Help us to realize that it is You who gives us the strength to live our daily lives and the power to defeat the enemy in our lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray. We love You, LORD. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “The LORD Rewards the Righteous” (2 Samuel 22:21-30)

2-Samuel-22-Verse-21 The LORD Rewards the RighteousThe LORD Rewards the Righteous

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 22:21-30. David tells us that the LORD rewarded him because of his righteousness and the cleanness of his hands. He declares that he observed the ways of the LORD and has not let wickedness come between him and the LORD.

David kept the LORD’S judgments and statues before him and didn’t depart from them. He walked upright before the LORD and kept away from sin. It is so easy to let sin creep into our lives. In order to keep sin out of our lives we have to focus on the LORD and His ways. The LORD rewarded David because He found him to be clean.

David declares that the LORD shows mercy to the merciful. He is upright with those who are upright. With the pure, He is pure. The LORD wrestles with those who are deceitful. He saves those who are humble and humbles those who are proud.

David admits that the LORD is his lamp. He lights David’s path and guides him along the way. With the LORD’S help David was able to drive away a band of soldiers and leap over a wall.

David acknowledged his dependence on God. He studied the words of the LORD and kept them before him to remind him to walk upright before the LORD.

David knew that he wouldn’t have been able to defeat his enemy without the help of the LORD. The LORD watched over him and protected him. He guided him through his life. He gave David strength and wisdom to fight the battles with which he was confronted. The LORD rewarded David for his faithfulness to Him. What can we learn from David’s example?

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 22:21-30

21 The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me.
22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.
23 For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them.
24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity.
25 Therefore the LORD hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight.
26 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, and with the upright man thou wilt shew thyself upright.
27 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavoury.
28 And the afflicted people thou wilt save: but thine eyes are upon the haughty, that thou mayest bring them down.
29 For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.
30 For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall.

 

Things to think about:

  • Why did the LORD reward David?
  • What are some other reasons the LORD might reward us?
  • How should we live if we want to receive the LORD’S blessings on our lives?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that you rewarded David because of his righteousness. Help us as we strive to live righteous lives. Forgive us of the times we have been unrighteous. Help us to be what You would have us to be and do what You would have us to do. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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The Book of Malachi: A Message from the LORD includes eight Daily Bible Reading Lessons. Each lesson contains a brief commentary from the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scriptures, a few questions for discussion or contemplation, and a prayer for the day to go along with the lesson. This book is great for a personal daily devotional or for a group Bible study.

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Daily Bible Reading “The LORD Defended David” (2 Samuel 22:11-20)

 

2 Samuel 22 The LORD Defended David Angel over JerusalemThe LORD Defended David

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 22:11-20. David declared that the LORD rode upon a cherub, and flew on the wings of the wind. The dark waters and thick clouds of the skies surrounded him in darkness.

Because of his brightness bolts of lightning were kindled and the LORD sent thunder from heaven. The voice of the Most High made his presence known.

He sent out arrows of lightning and scattered them; and confused them. The valleys of the sea appeared, and the foundations of the earth were discovered. The wind howled and the LORD rebuked them with the blast of breath from his nostrils.

The LORD sent from heaven, he took him; he drew him out of many waters; He delivered David from his enemy, and from those who hated him: because they overpowered him.

David said that the enemy attacked him when he was in distress, but the LORD came to his rescue. He lead David into a large place and rescued him from his enemy, because the LORD delighted in him.

Has there ever been a time in your life when you could say that the LORD came to your defense? If so, how did He make His presence known? In what ways did He protect you from the enemy?

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 22:11-20

11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.
12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.
14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.
15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.
16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;
18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.
19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

 

Things to think about:

  • Who came to David’s rescue during his time of trouble?
  • In what ways did the LORD attack the enemy?
  • How was David able to escape his enemies attack?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that You protected David from his enemies. Help us to know that You are our protector and our guide. You will keep the enemy from destroying us. Thank You for watching over us. Help us to seek Your leadership and guidance at all times. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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The Book of Malachi: A Message from the LORD includes eight Daily Bible Reading Lessons. Each lesson contains a brief commentary from the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scriptures, a few questions for discussion or contemplation, and a prayer for the day to go along with the lesson. This book is great for a personal daily devotional or for a group Bible study.

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