Re:Verse passage – 2 Samuel 8 (day four)
David was a mighty warrior. He enjoyed victory after victory over his enemies…amazing triumphs against overwhelming odds. David recognized though that it was God’s hand at work, not his own prowess. Pridefulness could easily have taken over his kingdom, but David remained humble before the Lord. Verse 15 says, “David administered justice and righteousness for all his people.” God had established the ‘guidelines’ for a successful kingdom and David was obedient to those instructions. (i.e. – In Deuteronomy, the kings were instructed not to accumulate horses…David was obedient. Israel was to trust in God…not horses or chariots or mighty armies!)
How often do we get sidetracked by success, or fame, or wealth? Do we pridefully begin to view ourselves to be better than others…therefore, entitled to more? David’s righteous ruling extended to all people. Rich or poor, privileged or neglected, ruler or peasant…David was just to all Israel. The result of David’s obedience and reverence for God was the book of praise and thanksgiving we know as Psalms. As you read the Psalms, get to know the sovereign God that David loved!