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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