Tuesday, May 4, 2010


by Cathy Weymouth

Tuesday May 4, 2010 - 2 Sam 8,9; 1 Chr 18,19; Mt 21 DEFEATING THE ENEMY & SHOWING KINDNESS

S - 2 Sam 8:1 In the course of time, David defeated the Philistines and subdued them. 2 Sam 9:1 One day David asked, "Is there anyone left of Saul's family? If so, I'd like to show him some kindness in honor of Jonathan."

O- Within two chapters we see David treating people quite differently.  He was ruthless with his enemies; he gave them no ground, but defeated them with perseverance and dedication, taking back the land the Lord had promised the nation of Israel. But at the same time he was very kind to Mephibosheth, Jonathon's son who was the remaining relative of Saul. He restored to him all the land of his inheritance and invited him to dine at the King's table with the royal family.

A - I love David's heart of compassion.  He was obviously a sensitive soul - if we look at the words of his psalms and his treatment of Saul and his family. He showed such kindness. But at the same time, he had no tolerance for the enemies of God. As the king, he led battle after battle taking back the land for his people and his God. "In the course of time" reveals that the defeat of the enemies took some time.  May we be like David and persevere, press on, not give up against the enemies that rob us of the inheritance God has ordained for us.

P - Father, may we be like David. May we have a heart after You, a compassionate and kind side in the treatment of others, and a ruthless energy to defeat the enemies in our lives.

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