2 Samuel 23: 5-7
Is not my house like this with God? For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. Will he not cause to prosper all my help and my desire? But the godless are all like thorns that are thrown away; for they cannot be picked up with the hand; to touch them one uses an iron bar or the shaft of a spear. And they are entirely consumed in fire on the spot.
Devotion by Anne Mooney
These are some of the last words of David, spoken in verse, as he reflected on his life as he neared his death. David remarked that his reign as King has been blessed, not because of his faithfulness, but because God promised to bless him in a covenant agreement.
David was like many people today. He lived a full life and he was a man of conflict. He threw himself into everything he did, whether it was herding sheep, hunting for predators, writing and singing psalms, fighting in battles, maintaining friendships, running from enemies, or courting forbidden women. He was a passionate man and he actively pursued a relationship with God, but he also sought earthly pleasures.
Nevertheless, he trusted God to guide him and correct him when he faltered. He trusted God more than he trusted himself and he trusted God to take care of the “bad guys.”
In our lives today, we can find ourselves like David, full of conflict. We may regret things we have done or left undone, but like David, we can trust in the promise of God to forgive us. We can trust that God can use us even in our weakness. We can trust that God is with us, even when we are hurting. We can trust that God can transform us if we follow in the way of Jesus.
Dear God, We confess that like David, we live lives that are full of conflict and passion. We often fall short of what you would have us to do. Yet we know you love and forgive us. Help us to have faith in your comforting and transforming power. Amen.