Do you realize how far you have come? Do you realize how much more you could accomplish? Don’t grow weary in doing good! Greater things are yet to come! So trust God! Build up your relationship with Him! Allow Him to work in and through your life in ways only He can in order that in and through it, you will be able to testify and glorify Him!
Where are you at today? What would God have you do? Will you press forward to get it done? Will you trust Him? Like we said yesterday, we may be the setup person which means you may need to accomplish a lot for God in order that the person or people you are helping set up and get into position will have what they need to make it happen. Give it all up to God! Allow it to be an offering to God! Allow your life to be a living sacrifice to God!
Today’s reading begins with David…
David’s Kingdom Expands
1Now afterward David attacked the Philistines and subdued them, and took Metheg-ammah from the hand of the Philistines. 2He also defeated Moab. He made them lie down on the ground and measured them with a cord. Every two measures of them were put to death, and the third measure was kept alive. So the Moabites became vassals to David, bringing tribute. 3David also defeated King Hadadezer son of Rehob of Zobah, as he went to restore his dominion along the River. 4David captured from him 1700 horsemen and 20,000 foot soldiers, and David hamstrung all the chariot horses, while reserving 100 of them for chariots. 5When the Arameans of Damascus came to the aid of King Hadadezer of Zobah, David struck down 22,000 Aramean men. 6Then David stationed garrisons in Aram of Damascus, and the Arameans became vassals to David, bringing tribute. So Adonai gave victory to David wherever he went 7David also took the golden shields of Hadadezer’s officers and brought them to Jerusalem. 8From Betah and Berothai, towns of Hadadezer, King David took a vast amount of bronze. 9Now when King Toi of Hamath heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer, 10Toi sent his son Joram to King David to greet him and congratulate him on his victory in battle over Hadadezer—for Hadadezer had been at war with Toi. Joram brought with him articles of silver, gold and bronze. 11These too King David consecrated to Adonai, along with the silver and gold that he had consecrated from all the nations that he had subdued: 12from Aram, Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines, Amalek, and from the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah. 13Then David made a name for himself when he returned from striking 18,000 down from Edom in the Valley of Salt. 14Then he stationed garrisons in Edom. Throughout all Edom he stationed garrisons, so that all the Edomites became vassals to David. So Adonai gave victory to David wherever he went. 15David reigned over all Israel, and David executed justice and righteousness for all his people. 16Joab son of Zeruiah was commander over the army; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was recorder; 17Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech son of Abiathar were kohanim; Seraiah was scribe; 18Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites, and David’s sons were chief ministers.
–from 2 Samuel 8
Will you remember your promises? Will you be a blessing for others? Will you help take care of them? Will you make a difference to the world around you? Will you be selfless?
Covenant Loyalty to Mephibosheth
1Then David inquired, “Is there anyone still left from the house of Saul, so that I may show him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2Now there was a servant from Saul’s house whose name was Ziba, so they summoned him to David. The king asked him, “Are you Ziba?” “Your servant,” he said. 3The king asked him, “Is there still anyone from the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?” “There is still a son of Jonathan,” Ziba said to the king, “with crippled legs.” 4“Where is he?” the king said to him. Ziba said to the king, “He’s there, in the house of Machir son of Ammiel, in Lo-debar.” 5So King David sent word and brought him from the house of Machir son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. 6Then Mephibosheth, son of Jonathan son of Saul, came to David, fell on his face and prostrated himself. “Mephibosheth!” David said. “Behold your servant!” he answered. “Don’t be afraid,” 7David said to him, “for I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat bread at my table.” 8Then he bowed down and said, “What is your servant, that you should turn to look at such a dead dog like me?” 9Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul and to all his household I have given to your master’s son. 10So you, you and your sons and your servants will till the land for him, and you will bring in the yield so that your master’s son may have food to eat. But Mephibosheth your master’s son will always eat bread at my table.” Now Ziba had 15 sons and 20 servants. 11Then Ziba said to the king, “According to all that my lord the king commands his servant, so will your servant do.” Thus Mephibosheth used to eat at the table just like one of the king’s sons. 12Mephibosheth had a young son, whose name was Mica. All the members of Ziba’s household were servants to Mephibosheth. 13But Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate at the king’s table regularly, though he was crippled in both his legs.
–from 2 Samuel 9
So let’s consider what we have received and how God would choose for us to use it! How can we be a blessing?
King David’s Rule Expands
1In the course of time, David defeated the Philistines and subdued them. He took Gath and its villages from the hand of the Philistines. 2He also defeated Moab, and the Moabites became vassals to David and brought tribute. 3Moreover, David defeated King Hadadezer of Zobah at Hamath, when he went to establish his dominion to the Euphrates River. 4David captured from him 1,000 chariots, 7,000 horsemen and 20,000 infantrymen. David hamstrung all the chariot horses but reserved 100 of them for chariots. 5When the Arameans of Damascus came to help King Hadadezer of Zobah, David struck down 22,000 of the Arameans. 6David put garrisons in Aram of Damascus and the Arameans became subject to David and brought tribute. Adonai gave David victory wherever he went. 7David took the gold shields that were on Hadadezer’s servants and brought them to Jerusalem. 8From Tibhath and from Kun, Hadadezer’s cities, David took a very large quantity of bronze, which Solomon used to make the bronze sea, pillars and bronze vessels. 9When King Tou of Hamath heard that David had defeated the whole army of King Hadadezer of Zobah, 10he sent his son Hadoram to King David to greet and bless him because he fought against Hadarezer and defeated him—for Hadadezer had many wars with Tou. He also sent all kinds of articles of gold, silver and bronze. 11King David dedicated these articles to Adonai, along with the silver and gold that he had taken from all the nations: from Edom and Moab, the Ammonites, the Philistines and Amalek. 12Abishai son of Zeruiah struck down 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt. 13Then he put garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became vassals to David. So Adonai gave David victory wherever he went. 14David reigned over all Israel and he administered justice and righteousness to all his people. 15Joab son of Zeruiah was over the army, and Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was secretary. 16Zadok son of Ahitub and Abimelech son of Abiathar were kohanim, and Shavsha was scribe. 17Benaiah son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and Pelethites, and David’s sons were chief officials in the service of the king.
–from 1 Chronicles 18
Let’s give God the praise! Let’s give God the glory! Let’s tell of His great love for us! It may not be easy, but it will be worth it when we do what He is calling us to do! Let’s not grow weary in doing go!
Song of Victory Over Edom
1For the music director, on the “Lily of the Covenant,” a Michtam of David, for teaching, 2when he fought with Aram-Naharaim and with Aram-Zobah, and Joab returned and struck down twelve thousand Edomites in the Valley of Salt. 3O God, You have spurned us. You have broken out against us. You have been angry. Turn back to us! 4You made earth shake; You split it open. Heal its fractures—for it shudders. 5You made Your people see hardship. You made us drink wine of staggering. 6To those who fear You, You gave a banner, to be unfurled before the archers. Selah 7Save with Your right hand and answer us, so that Your beloved may be delivered. 8God has spoken in His holiness: “I will exult! I will parcel out Shechem and measure off the valley of Succoth. 9Gilead is Mine, and Manasseh is Mine, Ephraim is a helmet for my head, Judah is my scepter. 10Moab is my washbasin, On Edom I toss my sandal, Philistia, cry aloud because of me!” 11Who will bring me into the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? 12Should it not be You, O God— who spurned us and no longer goes out with our armies? 13Give us aid against the adversary, for the help of man is worthless. 14With God we will do mighty things, and He will trample our foes.
–from Psalms 60
Let’s respect those God has put in authority over us! Let’s honor them! God has put them there on purpose for a purpose! Yes, it may not be easy, but let’s not grow weary in doing what is good and what is right! Don’t allow pride to come into the picture and trip you up! Be a humble servant in the place you are at. Help us Lord to live lives that will glorify You!
1Let all who are under the yoke as slaves consider their own masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. 2And let those who have believing masters not disrespect them because they are brothers, but serve them even more, since those who share in the benefit are believers and loved. Teach and encourage these things.
Finding True Riches
3If anyone passes on a different teaching and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, and with the instruction in keeping with godliness, 4he is prideful, understanding nothing. Instead he is obsessed with arguments and disputes about words—out of which come envy, strife, slander, evil suspicions, 5and constant friction between people corrupted in mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. 6Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into this world, So we cannot take anything out of it. 8But having food and clothing, with these things we shall be content. 9But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and a trap and many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil—some, longing for it, have gone astray from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11But you, O man of God, flee from these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faithfulness, love, perseverance, and gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of faith! Take hold of the eternal life—you were called to it, and you made the good confession for it in the presence of many witnesses. 13I charge you before God who gives life to all things and Messiah Yeshua who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 15This He will reveal in His own time—the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and the Lord of lords, 16who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or is able to see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen. 17Direct those who are rich in this present age not to be proud or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God—who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18Direct them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, to be generous, sharing, 19storing up for themselves a good foundation for the future, so they might take hold of the true life. 20O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, turning away from pointless chatter and the contradictions of so-called knowledge— 21by professing it, some have missed the mark concerning the faith. Grace be with you.
–from 1 Timothy 6