Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
2 Samuel 2:4-7 (NIV)
Then the men of Judah came to Hebron, and there they anointed David king over the tribe of Judah. When David was told that it was the men from Jabesh Gilead who had buried Saul, he sent messengers to them to say to them, “The Lord bless you for showing this kindness to Saul your master by burying him. May the Lord now show you kindness and faithfulness, and I too will show you the same favor because you have done this. Now then, be strong and brave, for Saul your master is dead, and the people of Judah have anointed me king over them.”
2 Samuel 2:4-7 (MSG)
The citizens of Judah came to Hebron, and then and there made David king over the clans of Judah. A report was brought to David that the men of Jabesh Gilead had given Saul a decent burial. David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh Gilead: “God bless you for this—for honoring your master, Saul, with a funeral. God honor you and be true to you—and I’ll do the same, matching your generous act of goodness. Strengthen your resolve and do what must be done. Your master, Saul, is dead. The citizens of Judah have made me their king.”
“Then the men of Judah came and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. Then they told David, “It was the men of Jabesh-gilead who buried Saul.” So David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said to them, “May you be blessed by the Lord because you showed this graciousness and loyalty to Saul your lord (king), and buried him. Now may the Lord show lovingkindness and truth and faithfulness to you. I too will show this goodness to you, because you have done this thing. So now, let your hands be strong and be valiant; for your lord Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.”
David has been anointed once again. This time by the house of Judah to be their king. A report made its way to David of what the men of Jabesh-gilead had done. How they had taken the time to rescue Saul and his sons bodies and how they had reverently buried them in their own village.
David sent a respectful message to these men of Jabesh-Gilead. He wished to send them thanks for their kindness to Saul, even after he was dead. Let us notice something about David’s character and attitude here; even though his predecessor was dead he desired to show honor to the fallen king. His first thought was not about wiping out the memory of Saul or tearing down his memory, but of taking the time to show respect and honor to his fallen king. (David did not harbor any animosity against Saul.)
David shows appropriate gratitude to these men who risked their lives to honor the memory of Saul and Jonathan. The message that David sent to the men of Jabesh -Gilead commended them for a couple of things.
1.) For their kindness in honoring their king.
2.) For giving their fallen king an appropriate funeral.
David also sent them a special blessing. “May you be blessed by the Eternal One for your loyalty to your king Saul by burying him. May the Eternal always love and be faithful to you! I will also reward you for this noble act. Now be strong and mighty, for Saul your king is dead, and the people of Judah have anointed me as their new king.” -2 Samuel 2:5-7 (VOICE)
Let us note something about this blessing; David asks God to show these men honor just as they had shown honor to their king. Note, David said, “May the Eternal always love and be faithful to you!”
David now asks of them to be strong and mighty. Why? David knew that he needed brave men like these guys to secure and advance his kingdom; especially in the time of turmoil that was sure to surround his ascension to the throne. In a way this was David’s veiled invitation for these men to recognize him as their king as well; just as the tribe of Judah had already done.
We all could learn from David’s example about the need of showing others that they are appreciated. Scripture encourages us to show others that we care and appreciate them.
* “For what [adequate] thanks can we offer to God for you in return for all the joy and delight we have before our God on your account? 10 We continue to pray night and day most earnestly that we may see you face to face, and may complete whatever may be imperfect and lacking in your faith.” -1 Thessalonians 3:9-10 (AMP)
* “Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present. There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.” -Philippians 1:3-6(MSG)
* “The Lord bless you, and keep you [protect you, sustain you, and guard you]; the Lord make His face shine upon you [with favor], and be gracious to you [surrounding you with lovingkindness]; the Lord lift up His countenance (face) upon you [with divine approval], and give you peace [a tranquil heart and life].’” -Numbers 6:24-26 (AMP)
Take time today to let others know that you appreciate them.
Lord, help me to take the time to let others know that I appreciate them. You have place those people in my life for a reason. The things they do for me and the love that they shower on me are a blessing. Just knowing that they love and care for me fills my heart with joy. Please bless the dear ones that are part of my life. Guide, protect and take care of each one, I pray. Thank you Lord.