Encounters with a king (II Samuel 21, Galatians 1)2

“Now there was a famine in the days of David, for three years, year after year. And David sought the face of the Lord…” II Samuel 21:1

Only once in my life have I actually stood in the presence of someone in whom others had invested the title of royalty.  It was in November of 2006, while attending the Romanian national prayer breakfast, that I had the honor of shaking hands with and speaking with the Prince of Romania.  Pictures were taken and greetings were given. It was my only claim to spending time with royalty.

As one reads II Samuel 21, it has the feel of spending time with royalty(A king).  David is the King  in whom we see praying and we see leading his people.  Two things stand out for me:

1.  David prays for his people during a time of great famine, Vs: 1-14

In this time of prayer, God speaks to David.  David discovers two things:  1.  He discovers the reason for the famine.  2.  He discovers the remedy for the famine.

It is amazing to watch as this king does what is best for his people in obedience to God.

2.  David is protected by his people during a time of great fatigue, Vs: 15-22

In the midst of battle, David becomes weary.  His life is in the balance, but his life is spared because of the watchful care of his people.   Clearly David was greatly valued by those who loved and served him.

Think it through:

1.  Who is the greatest person you have ever encountered?  For me, it is Jesus Christ.

2.  How do you feel about this person?  For me, I want to serve my King.

3.  How does this person feel about you?  My king, Jesus, has given His life as a ransom for me.  “(Jesus) gave Himself for our sins to deliver us from this present evil age,” Galatians 1:4

Our response:

Daily we should be loving our king and standing up for His name in all circles of life.  Oh how I pray that God would use your life because of our encounter with the king!!!

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