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Sunday, May 7, 2017

David’s Last Words

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 Samuel 23:1 NLT)

We’ve seen that David is a Poet-Warrior, credited for killing his tens of thousands and for writing many of the Psalms.  What are his last words?

"The Spirit of the LORD speaks through me; His words are upon my tongue. The God of Israel spoke. The Rock of Israel said to me: 'The One who rules righteously, who rules in the fear of God, is like the light of morning at sunrise, like a morning without clouds, like the gleaming of the sun on new grass after rain.' (2 Samuel 23:2-4 NLT)

It’s not surprising that the beginning of his speech begins with his connection with The LORD.  After all, David is described as one after God’s Own Heart.  Before David slayed Goliath, he trusted The LORD.  David is king because God made him king.  David knows, trusts, and walks with The LORD.

"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. (2 Samuel 23:5 NLT)

David knows that his victory over Goliath was a victory that belonged to The LORD.  David knew that he was not the people’s choice, but he was God’s choice, to be king.  David knows that he owes everything to the real King: The LORD – The God of Israel.

But the godless are like thorns to be thrown away, for they tear the hand that touches them. One must use iron tools to chop them down; they will be totally consumed by fire." (2 Samuel 23:6-7 NLT)

How about you?  Do you recognize that you owe everything to God?  Do you know that every good and perfect gift comes from God?  With your last words, will you proclaim God as King?