- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read 2 Samuel 19
David returns to Jerusalem.
Grieving over the death of his son Absalom caused the victorious troops to react as if they had been defeated. And Joab spoke honestly to David. The grieving father carried out the duties of a king.
David was restored as king in both Israel and Judah. The people of Israel who had followed Absalom wanted David back as king. But David wanted the people of his home territory, Judah, to know that he was still willing to be their king in spite of their having supported Absalom. To this end, David made Amas, Absalom’s general, his own general in place of Joab.
There still remained split among people. The half of the people of Israel were not yet fully reconciled to David. There was hostility between the north and the south over who should welcome David first.
Two occasions are recorded about King David’s generous heart, by saving the life of Shimei who cursed David, and by giving property to Mephibosheth, King Saul’s grandson. Compassion and mercy is the heart of King David.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2.What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?