May 6 – Scripture of the Day

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We have come to the portion of scripture in the 365 day chronological bible where King David dies. His son, Solomon, has ascended to the throne. It is a momentous occasion, David’s death. For he is considered Israel’s greatest king; not necessarily for his political and military triumphs, though those were great, but because of his love for the Lord and leading Israel towards righteousness. Which, incidentally, is what allowed for his political and military success; the blessings of the Lord.

The scripture that stood out to me today was 2 Samuel 23:1-7 which were “the last words of David” according to the scripture. It reads:

David’s Last Words

23 These are the last words of David:

“David, the son of Jesse, speaks—

   David, the man who was raised up so high,

David, the man anointed by the God of Jacob,

   David, the sweet psalmist of Israel.

2 “The Spirit of the Lord speaks through me;

   his words are upon my tongue.

3 The God of Israel spoke.

   The Rock of Israel said to me:

‘The one who rules righteously,
who rules in the fear of God,

4 is like the light of morning at sunrise,

   like a morning without clouds,

like the gleaming of the sun

   on new grass after rain.’

5 “Is it not my family God has chosen?

   Yes, he has made an everlasting covenant with me.

His agreement is arranged and guaranteed in every detail.

   He will ensure my safety and success.

6 But the godless are like thorns to be thrown away,

   for they tear the hand that touches them.

7 One must use iron tools to chop them down;

   they will be totally consumed by fire.”