Do You Know? (II Samuel 3-5; Psalm 23)

12 And David knew that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel. II Samuel 5:12

Someone recently said, as a joke, “what you do not know cannot hurt you.”  I have heard this statement so many times in my life and I have even said this many times.  However, it’s not a true statement.  Here is one example, if I had cancer and did not know it, it would hurt me.

Brothers and sisters, there are things that we do not know that we need to know.  I think about the one thing that David seemed to always keep in focus as he lived his life.  To me that one thing was “the love of God in his life.”

When we read Psalm 23 we are brought face to face with God as the Loving Shepherd who provided for all the needs that David had.  But it was not only David, our loving shepherd provides for all the needs we have.

When I think about what I know, three verses stand out to me:

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17

This loving God is:

  • the author of all that is good in the world.
  • unchangeable in His character.
  • the only one who deserves the praise for all that is good in the world.

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Matt. 6:25

Our Shepherd:

  • Leads us to live without anxiety because He is fully able to meet our every need.
  • Leads us to focus on Kingdom Life because He has all this life under control.

 

 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows. Psalm 23:5

Our Lord favors us in the worst of situations in this life.  In II Samuel 5 David becomes king of all Israel.  His reign would last for 40 years.   I truly believe David would have never become king if he had not grasped the truth, God loved him.

This very day, you and I need to grasp the truth of how much we are loved. Here is our take away from Psalm 50:14-15

14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,[b]
    and perform your vows to the Most High,
15 and call upon me in the day of trouble;
    I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

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