The Good Hand of the Lord (II Samuel 15-19)

25 Then the king said to Zadok, “Carry the ark of God back into the city. If I find favor in the eyes of the Lord, he will bring me back and let me see both it and his dwelling place. II Samuel 15:25

I sit here at my desk writing this blog as I reflect on the last decade of my life.  I can honestly say, “God has been good to me!”  The truth is, our nation should be saying, God has been good to us.  No matter where you live in this world, you should be saying, God has been good to me.

As I continue to read David’s story, I realize the sections we have been reading cover more than a decade in David’s life. As we read the stories of the good times and bad, it is with the understanding, David knew God’s hand had been upon his life:

  • Even when David’s son conspired and took over the throne, David knew God had been good to him, (15:25).
  • Even when David’s enemies tried to make things worse, David knew God’s hand had been good to him, (16:12).
  • Even when David had no clue of God’s hand, David knew God had been good to him (17:14).

For over a decade, David knew, God you are good!!!  Because of this reality, David had no problem in being good to his own enemies, Chapter 19.

As you and I consider the last decade of our lives (if you have been alive this long), let us rejoice and give thanks for the good hand of our Lord.  Yes it is true, our enemy has over and over conspired to overthrow our lives (Eph. 6:10-13).  And yes it is true, our enemy had placed trial after trial before us (I John 5:18), but our Lord has walked with us every step of the journey (Rom. 8:31).

In a few hours the clock will strike midnight wherever you are in the world.  Join with your brothers and sisters in giving great thanks to the God who has given you victory in Him (I Cor. 15:57).

Take time to read David’s Words in Psalm 61

Hear my cry, O God,
    listen to my prayer;
from the end of the earth I call to you
    when my heart is faint.
Lead me to the rock
    that is higher than I,
for you have been my refuge,
    a strong tower against the enemy.

Let me dwell in your tent forever!
    Let me take refuge under the shelter of your wings! Selah
For you, O God, have heard my vows;
    you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.

Prolong the life of the king;
    may his years endure to all generations!
May he be enthroned forever before God;
    appoint steadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him!

So will I ever sing praises to your name,
    as I perform my vows day after day.

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