There is quite a lot of cultural discussion of what manhood really is. David\’s last words outlines the fundamentals that should define a man.
2 Samuel 24 encapsulates the entire spectrum of the life of David — sin and weakness, deep faith and love. More importantly than that, this story sums up the Gospel of David\’s descendant and the response of those who wish to reign with him.
What do you do to move on after you face the consequences of your sins? The last days of David give us hope and direction.
We are rightly horrified as we watch David\’s great sin against Bathsheba in 2 Samuel 11. We would do well to pay careful attention to this story so that we can avoid similar falls ourselves.
God honored the heart behind David\’s plan to build him a house, but it wasn\’t for David to do. God had other plans in mind for the house that needed to be built.
David learned some hard lessons when he brought the Ark to Jerusalem. That doesn\’t surprise us though; the presence of God is nothing to be toyed with and must be sought in the way he has prescribed in his word.
God\’s people must do good deeds. In order to do good in a world filled with violence and selfishness, kindness must rule.
A central element to David\’s living with a heart after God\’s was that he made decisions based upon principle. If we want to please God and \”do all his will\”, then we need to learn to do the same.
There was a time when David nearly made one of the biggest mistakes of his life. Fortunately, God sent someone to rescue him. But she wasn\’t who anyone probably would have expected. It makes you think: am I seeing the wise, but unlikely, counselors around me?
You really shouldn\’t do anything important without getting some perspective and guidance from someone who knows better than you. David understood this principle and made sure that he stayed in constant contact with God so that he would stay true to God\’s will.