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2 Samuel 8-10


A Devotional Journey
     led by Dr. Gene Pearson                                                                                                             
Thru the Bible in a Year

       Over the first few years of his rule, David is able, with God’s help, to subdue the Philistines, the Moabites, the armies of Damascus and the Arameans and then the Ammonites.  As the narrator informs us:  the LORD gave David victory wherever he went.  It is an auspicious beginning, and guarantees that David will forever be remembered by his people as the greatest of their kings.
       In carrying out his responsibilities it is clear that David knows how to delegate, which may be why some of the people who are assigned major responsibilities are listed in chapter eight.  It is noteworthy that his own sons are listed as royal advisors – an indication that they are in training for major positions in the kingdom.
       Mephibosheth appears at this point.  The last remaining son of Saul, he is crippled and no threat to David.  Because of his love for Jonathan, David adopts Mephibosheth as part of the royal household in Jerusalem and provides for his needs as long as he lives.  This fact is included both to prepare us for some of the events at the end of David’s rule, and also to demonstrate the character of this soldier who was also godly.
       When the Ammonite king dies, his son decides to challenge David’s power, but makes the mistake of humiliating David’s ambassadors and in the process providing the strongest motive for a concerted effort by the Israelites to attack him.  In the resultant battle, the strategic prowess of Joab is demonstrated and the Ammonites are soundly defeated while their allies, the Arameans sue for peace and become subjects of David.
       Every enemy has not been completely conquered, but at the end of chapter ten, things have settled down and Israel seems clearly in control (with God’s help).
       From where do the victories come in your life?  Do you give credit to God?  Are you willing to let other people help you along the way?  One of the fatal mistakes of leaders and people in general is to accept the idea that they can go it alone.  We are all in need of help from other people in one form or another, and it is crucial to our own well-being, peace of mind, and success that we find and accept that help.
       It is also the case that kindness, even to our enemies or those who might pose some kind of threat to us is an important part of the character God wants to build into our lives.  To whom could you express unexpected kindness today (or this week)?  Make it a point to do so.
       Ask God to help you trust His protection, perceive His interests and serve His will faithfully.

A. Eugene Pearson 201