Bible Order: Psalms 57–62
Chronological Order: 1 Kings 12-14
New Testament Only: Acts 1
The Passing Of David
In today’s reading David continues his preparations for his son’s future in his absence. David is coming to the end of his life and he wants to make sure Solomon and the nation of Israel are set up for success after his death.
He reigned for 40 years and:
1 Chronicles 27:28 ESV
“Then he died at a good age, full of days, riches, and honor. And Solomon his son reigned in his place.”
David’s was a fascinating life. He loved God and did his best to obey God. His best wasn’t always good enough. David stumbled. David also returned to God in humility and heartfelt remorse for his sin. God allowed David to suffer some consequences for his sin but not the ultimate consequence – death.
David knew the Christ. I don’t know how he knew the Christ, but it is clear he did. How can I say that? Have you read the Psalms, many of which David wrote? David tells us much about Christ in his Psalms. I don’t know if he knew Christ from prayer or dreams or visions or as Abraham, in actual face-to-face conversation, but his Psalms show us that he knew of Him. David was thankful for God’s salvation, which we know comes through Christ.
Brothers, how is your walk going? Are you doing your best to obey God? When you stumble do you go before God with humility and heart felt remorse asking for forgiveness? You will suffer for your sin. That is either God’s discipline or punishment depending on your relationship with Him. If, however, you are submitted to Him then you will not suffer the ultimate consequence for your sin – eternal death. Do you know Jesus? I pray to God that you do!
Have a blessed day!
Your brother and servant in Christ,
Dying to self, living to serve!
(Originally posted 5/27/11)