Posts Tagged 'David'

Proper 6/Ordinary 11 2016 – 2 Samuel 12:13

Thursday, June 9, 2016

2 Samuel 12:13David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan said to David, “Now the LORD has put away your sin; you shall not die.

David ordered the death of Uriah so he could marry his widow.  There were certainly consequences for David’s sin, but David accepted his forgiveness and continued serving God to the best of his ability.

Almighty God, forgive us of our sins, and help us to forgive ourselves as you forgive us.  Amen.

Proper 15/Ordinary 20 2015 – 1 Kings 2:10-11

Monday, August 10, 2015

Our summer with David comes to an end this week, and we begin to study the reign of King Solomon.  We also continue to read the wisdom found in Ephesians, and Jesus foreshadows his own death in this week’s selections which include: 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 and Psalm 111, Proverbs 9:1-6 and Psalm 34:9-14, Ephesians 5:15-20, and John 6:51-58.

1 Kings 2:10-11Then David slept with his ancestors, and was buried in the city of David.  The time that David reigned over Israel was forty years; he reigned seven years in Hebron, and thirty-three years in Jerusalem.

David was a complicated man to say the least.  Like us, he offered God both great acts of faith and moments of tremendous disappointment.  Yet through it all, David always went to God in prayer; his conversation with God never ceased.

Gracious God, keep us mindful of your presence in our lives.  When our grip on you begins to loosen, help us to remain in solid connection with you.  Amen.

Proper 13/Ordinary 18 2015 – Psalm 51:10-12

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Psalm 51:10-12Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.  Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit.

It is difficult to read about David’s infidelity and conspiracy in the 11th and 12th chapters of 2 Samuel.  Yet David falls before God with a contrite heart, and creates this wonderful song requesting forgiveness and cleansing.

Almighty God, we ask  you to not only forgive us for all those times we act improperly toward one another, but also forgive us for those times we fail to act as you want us to act.  Amen.

Proper 13/Ordinary 18 2015 – 2 Samuel 12:4-5

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

2 Samuel 12:4-5“Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was loath to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb, and prepared that for the guest who had come to him.”  Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man. He said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die;”

Nathan will go on to remind David that in having Uriah killed, he was acting like the rich man he had just finished saying needed to die.  Hind sight may be 20/20, but I believe most of us find it easier to see the faults in others while missing the moments of insensitivity and even downright cruelty we inflict on others.

Forgiving God, help us to recognize the sins in our own lives before they have negative consequences on those around us.  Amen.

Proper 13/Ordinary 18 2015 – 2 Samuel 11:26-27

Monday, July 27, 2015

God’s displeasure at the killing of Uriah is made very clear to David, and David laments his sin.  Manna comes from heaven to feed the wandering Israelites, and Jesus identifies himself as the bread of heaven in the passages offered for us this week in the lectionary.  Those passages include: 2 Samuel 11:26 – 12:13a and Psalm 51:1-12, Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 and Psalm 78:23-29, Ephesians 4:1-16, and John 6:24-35.

2 Samuel 11:26-27When the wife of Uriah heard that her husband was dead, she made lamentation for him.  When the mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house, and she became his wife, and bore him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD…

In having Uriah killed, David had committed what many might consider an unforgiveable sin.  Clearly David will be punished by God, but God is not finished with David.  Despite his actions, David’s life will still be lived out in service to God.

Forgiving God, you take us as we are, and you find ways to use us in your kingdom.  Help us to accept your forgiveness and continue to serve you despite our mistakes.  Amen.

Proper 12/Ordinary 17 2015 – 2 Samuel 11:11

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

2 Samuel 11:11Uriah said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah remain in booths; and my lord Joab and the servants of my lord are camping in the open field; shall I then go to my house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As you live, and as your soul lives, I will not do such a thing.”

David tries to get Uriah to visit Bathsheba so her pregnancy can be tied to him.  Uriah’s response to David shows immense respect for his fellow soldiers.  Today, take time to pray for your coworkers.

Gracious God, may each of my colleagues feel your supporting presence today.  Amen.

Proper 12/Ordinary 17 2015 – 2 Samuel 11:2

Monday, July 20, 2015

David eyes Bathsheba and Jesus feeds 5,000 in the lectionary selections for this week.  Those passages include: 2 Samuel 11:1-15 and Psalm 14, 2 Kings 4:42-44 and Psalm 145:10-18, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21.

2 Samuel 11:2It happened, late one afternoon, when David rose from his couch and was walking about on the roof of the king’s house, that he saw from the roof a woman bathing; the woman was very beautiful.

I hesitated to even address 2 Samuel 11.  Bathsheba will become pregnant after she and David lie down together while her husband is away fighting in David’s army.  To make matters worse, David will end up arranging for her husband Uriah to be sent to the front lines of battle where he will be killed.  There will be severe consequences as a result.  Yet David will continue to talk to God, and God will continue to use David in marvelous ways.

Forgiving God, help us to remember that you will always love us, even we are seemingly unlovable.  Amen.

Proper 11/Ordinary 16 2015 – 2 Samuel 7:12-14a

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

2 Samuel 7:12-14aWhen your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.  He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.  I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me.

Like many of you, I suspect, I want the world to be a better place when I am gone because of my contributions.  But since most of us won’t have the privilege of a covenant the magnitude of the one given to David, the best chance to meet our collective dream will come from faithfully working together.

Gracious God, help us in our efforts as we work together to make your world more loving and more just for all.  Amen.

Proper 11/Ordinary 16 2015 – 2 Samuel 7:8-9

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

2 Samuel 7:8-9Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the LORD of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth.

With God speaking to Nathan, this is the beginning of God’s covenant with David.  As we meditate on the promise God is making with David, it is helpful to be reminded of David’s humble beginnings.  God can work through anyone.

Almighty God, help us to discern how we can be of greatest service to you and your kingdom.  Amen.

Proper 11/Ordinary 16 2015 – 2 Samuel 7:1-3

Monday, July 13, 2015

God makes a covenant with David, and Jesus tries to find a place where he and his disciples can rest in our lectionary selections for this week.  Those passages include: 2 Samuel 7:1-14a and Psalm 89:20-37, Jeremiah 23:1-6 and Psalm 23, Ephesians 2:11-22, Mark 6:30-34, 53-56.

2 Samuel 7:1-3Now when the king was settled in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.”  Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the LORD is with you.”

Ships, temples and palaces were built with Lebanon cedar in David’s time.  It was a wood that would last through the ages.  It certainly makes sense that David would now be ready to create a permanent home for the ark of God, but we will soon learn that God has a different plan in mind.

Creator God, give us ears that can hear your voice and wisdom that can discern your will for us.  Amen.

Proper 10/Ordinary 15 2015 – Psalm 85:8

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 

Psalm 85:8Let me hear what God the LORD will speak, for he will speak peace to his people, to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.

David was just a youngest child and a shepherd when we first meet him in scripture.  In this week’s reading from 2 Samuel, he is now King David and bringing the ark of God to its new home.  I believe one thing that distinguishes David is his intention both to listen for and talk to God in all he does.

Almighty God, help us to live each day as if we are in a conversation with you.  Amen.

Proper 10/Ordinary 15 2015 – 2 Samuel 6:5

Monday, July 6, 2015

I hope everyone reading this had a wonderful weekend.  In our lectionary selections for this week, David brings the ark of God to the city of David and John the Baptist is beheaded as King Herod keeps a promise given to his daughter.  The passages include: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12b-19 and Psalm 24, Amos 7:7-15 and Psalm 85:8-13, Ephesians 1:3-14, and Mark 6:14-29.

2 Samuel 6:5David and all the house of Israel were dancing before the LORD with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals.

Earlier in the passage David had gathered 30,000 men of Israel, so this scene must have been amazing to witness.  While many of us enjoy calm and predictable worship services, our passage today reminds us that worshiping with abandon is also encouraged.

Almighty God, help us feel the freedom to worship you as though no one is watching, except you.  Amen.

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