Bible In One Year-Day 121 (Thursday, May 01, 2014)

2Sam22&23 is about David’s testimony in which he talked of God’s goodness, his experience and moments of fear and terror. It was through these difficult times that David realized the greatness of God. He was able to appreciate God’s mercy because the sin some other people committed and were destroyed with the entire family, he committed the same sin, but God still took delight in him. David tasted grace in his time. His love for God grew stronger as he advanced in age. In chapter24, Araunah wanted to give him a piece of land to build an altar for God for free, but David preferred the land that would cost him something. This is because he knew how he had disappointed God at one time or the other, despite His loving-kindness towards him. He wanted to fill the pain God felt. Jesus tasted death for us to have eternal life. We need to appreciate this wonderful thing He did for us and the best way to do that is to forgive others even if we aren’t at fault. The act of forgiving others is a way of showing your appreciation of God’s love and kindness towards you;

1 John 4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.”

David showed his gratitude by letting something valuable go out of him. You don’t need any diary of offences; you only need the diary of visions and revelations. When you keep the diary of offences, visions and revelations become scarce, dreams becomes scary and visions become blurry. When Jesus taught them how to pray He chipped in a phrase which we must understand very well;

Matthew 6:12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

The measure of forgiveness you receive from God is determined by the measure of you forgiving others. You receive forgiveness as you forgive others. The backbone of tormentors is broken only with the axe of forgiveness. The mercy of God is enormous towards the person who has no grudges for another person. David was in a position to hold grudges against Saul and his household, but he never at any time count offences against Saul and this is the more reason he received enormous mercy from the Lord. In his poems, the word “mercy” was stated more than any other word because he enjoyed God’s mercy beyond measure. God could not hold His mercy back from David because of his forgiving heart. He was able to describe God’s mercy perfectly; endures forever. David knew what could hinder his prayer and that is the sin of unforgiveness;

Psalms 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”

Jesus admonishes us also;

Mark 11:25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

David enjoyed the immense mercy of God because he knew how to forgive and was quite generous. David always made sure his heart was right before God;

Psalms 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

We need to learn from David. Our hearts must be maintained pure all the time if we really want to enjoy God to the fullness. Is it difficult to forgive? I pray that God give you the grace to forgive. Here we conclude the books of 1st and 2nd Samuel. The next reading is 1st Kings and our reading for today is 1Kings1-3. Keep the fire burning and alive.

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