2 Samuel 9-12, Psalm 89
Today’s readings in 2 Samuel 9-12, contain a number of amazing stories with so much application. In 2 Chronicle 16:9, we read, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…”. David’s search for Mephibosheth was out of his love for Jonathon and the vow he made. Like Mephibosheth we really offer God nothing that He needs. Mephibosheth was lame and from the family of the former king, which in most circumstances in those days would have meant a death sentence from the new king. As Chuck Smith says, “We have been defeated. Our inheritance has been given over to Satan. We are wounded and lame and there isn’t much hope for us. We hide out, hoping no one notices. But God comes looking for us, seeking to save His lost lambs. He restores our inheritance, and invites us to dine at His table-all because of His love for us and for our relative, Jesus Christ.”
Many of us have come to a relationship with Christ during a low point or a valley in our lives. In the next story of David in 2 Samuel 11-12, we learn why we must beware when we are during the mountaintop times of our lives. David had been blessed mightily by God, as David continued to stay active in a life of faith. With so much in control, David decided to kick back and relax. David didn’t fall into sin, he allowed it to progress. In James 1:14-15, we read, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full grown, brings forth death”.
We will see through the parable of Nathan in 2 Samuel 12:1-6, then David’s beautiful Psalm of repentance in Psalm 51, that David’s sin would be forgiven. Though David is forgiven, there were earthly consequences for his actions.
All of us can fall, like David. The walk of faith is a dynamic one. When we decide to engage God on a daily basis in His Word, in prayer, in worship, in fellowship, in evangelism, then we grow. We are never stable or status quo. Every day we decide to take a step closer or further away in our walk with God. We all depend on God’s grace and mercy to make it through our time on this earth. May we never forget though, that like David all of us can fall, God will forgive us but there are earthly consequences for our actions. Also don’t miss Nathan’s words to David, in 2 Samuel 12:14, “However, because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme,..”. Everyone who is not saved is an enemy of the Lord. When we publicly fall into sin, besides our personal consequences, we lose our witness, our ministry, and our ability to make a difference to a world full of the enemies of God. Paul said in Colossians 4:5-6, “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.”
Messages from Pastor Lloyd Pulley: