“There was a famine during David’s reign that lasted for three years, so David asked the Lord about it. And the Lord said, “The famine has come because Saul and his family are guilty of murdering the Gibeonites.” So the king summoned the Gibeonites. They were not part of Israel but were all that was left of the nation of the Amorites. The people of Israel had sworn not to kill them, but Saul, in his zeal for Israel and Judah, had tried to wipe them out. David asked them, “What can I do for you? How can I make amends so that you will bless the Lord’s people again?” 2 Samuel 21:1-3 NLT
“So David asked the Lord about it.” This sentence jumps off the page at me. It doesn’t say that David questioned God, but instead he asked him a question like a trusted friend. It doesn’t say that he was worried or upset. His faith in God was secure. He knew who to turn to during a hard season, that was lasting a long time. Where has there been a famine in my own life? An unanswered prayer or unfulfilled dream? The waiting is hard, but David knew enough about God’s character, that he didn’t lose heart.
“David sang this song to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul. He sang: “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. he is my refuge, my savior, the one who saves me from violence.” 2 Samuel 22:1-3 NLT
I find myself listening intently to David’s last words.
“These are the last words of David: “David the son of Jesse, speaks- David, the man who was raised up so high, David, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, David, the sweet psalmist of Israel. “The Spirit of the Lord speaks through me; his words are upon my tongue. The God if Israel spoke. The Rock of Israel said to me: ‘The one who rules righteously, who rules in the fear of the God, is like the light of morning at sunrise, like a morning without clouds, like the gleaming sun on new grass after rain.’ 2 Samuel 23:1-4
God hears a repentive heart. Is there anything that I am holding onto that I need to give over to him?
“Because we have these promised, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God. Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right. ” 2 Corinthians 7:1,-11 NLT
Dear Father, Help me to have a faith like David. To remember your faithfulness, your promises and your unfailing love for me. Amen.