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“May you be the Lord’s dwelling place.” <>< Dona (05/01/20)

Please read II Samuel 7 through 9.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com.  The Biblegateway website should open for you to use.  Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

In II Samuel 7 David wanted to build the Lord a house to live in.  The Lord said David’s son would be the one to build Him a house.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, David wanted to build a home for You.

Something to think about

God had other plans.  He wasn’t rejecting David, He just had other plans for David.   God promised to continue the house of David forever.  Jesus Christ was the ultimate fulfillment of this promise (see Acts 2:22-36).

Something to experience

Have you ever prayed with good intentions but had God say no?  Perhaps God has a better plan for you.  A greater purpose for your life.  Remember accepting His ‘no’ requires as much faith as obey His ‘yes’.

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In II Samuel 8 David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, David pleased You (verse 15).

Something to think about

David pleased the people not because he tried to please them but because he tried to please God.

Something to experience

Don’t spend your time devising ways to become acceptable to others.  Instead strive to do what is just and right in God’s sight.

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In II Samuel 9 David shows kindness to Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s son/Saul’s grandson. 

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, though Saul had not treated David with kindness, David chose to treat Saul’s grandson kindly.

Something to think about

David made a vow to Jonathan to show kindness to all of his descendants (see I Samuel 20:14-17). No matter how badly Jonathan’s grandfather Saul had treated David.

Something to experience

Are you able to forgive those who have wronged you?  Can you be generous with those less deserving?  Each time we show compassion, our character is strengthened.

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Prayer

Lord thank You for answering our prayers (Psalm 120:1).  I pray that we will accept whatever answer You give us (II Corinthians 2:7).  Lord I pray we will seek to please You and perhaps what we do will please others (Psalm 143:10). I pray we will strive to do what is just and right in Your sight (Romans 2:13). I pray we will forgive those who have wronged us (Mark 11:25).  I pray we will be generous to everyone (Proverbs 11:17, 24, 25).  I pray we will build our character by showing compassion (Luke 7:35; 10:37).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you give generously of your time, energy and money.” <>< Dona