Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 23
Key Verse: 2 Samuel 23:3b, 4
He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be like the light of the morning when the sun rises, a morning without clouds, like the tender grass springing out of the earth, by clear shining after rain.
King David reflects on the results of his reign. He now knows that when the ungodly rule, the people tremble in fear; when the righteous rule, the nation flourishes and the people rejoice. Having read about the tragic events during David’s 40-year reign, we might think it was always that way. Not so! The majority of David’s reign was peaceful and prosperous. One of the reasons for this success was the great loyalty of the team known as “David’s mighty men.” Today’s leaders need loyal people around them. Jesus had loyal people around Him most of the time. Our pastors and church leaders need our loyalty, our efforts and our prayers. They cannot stand alone. Most of all, the ultimate loyalty is to God through our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our King!
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray for my pastors, those who have the primary responsibility for spiritual oversight in my life. I pray for those who have civil authority as well. Please grant Your strength so that I will be loyal, not in a blind way, but in praying for these leaders, in paying my tithe and my taxes, and grant me opportunity for input into the lives of those who lead. In Jesus’ Name I ask these mercies, Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
When my sons were on football scholarships at an American University, I was given the opportunity to address the team and coaches. My message was from 2 Samuel 23. I highlighted the stories of David’s mighty men. Some fought an offensive battle, and some were on defense. Most of all, they were loyal to their leaders. The result was victory. I don’t remember the results of the game, but I do remember that they were fired up to win. “The first three” of David’s mighty men are singled out for honorable mention. Peter, James, and John were singled out by Jesus. I’ve often wondered why. I’ve come to believe that they were the most fervent, the most loyal and had the character to be effective leaders. Jesus responded directly to their level of commitment. His choices were not based on favoritism.