May 22 Shall I?

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2 Samuel 1:1-2:11; John 12:20-50;  Psalm 118:19-20;  Proverbs 27-28

David—Shepherd Boy

David–Giant Slayer

David–King’s Musician

David–God’s Anointed

David–Slayer of “Ten Thousand”

David–The Hunted

David–Judah’s King

What marked David’s greatness in my eyes was his humbleness before God.  David knew his place.  David knew his God.

David’s Lord–enable him to kill the enemies of his flock

David’s Lord–gave him victory over Goliath

David’s Lord–gifted him with music

David’s Lord–chose him above all others to be a king

David’s Lord–granted him victory in battle after battle

David’s Lord–preserved his life during the years he was chased by King Saul

David’s Lord–equipped him to be a nation’s ruler

David always sought the Lord regarding ‘next steps.’  He didn’t consult friends or advisers or depend upon his own wit and experience–he went to the Lord.

“‘Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?’ David asked. The Lord said, ‘Go up.’  David asked, ‘Where shall I go?’  ‘To Hebron’ the Lord answered.”  2 Samuel 2:1

The king consulted the King of Kings and Lord or Lords.

Lord God, may we remember our place in your kingdom.  Like David may we remember that you are the one we can turn to for wisdom and guidance;  that you called us to faith through Baptism;  that you preserve our faith and strengthen us through Holy Communion;  that you place us in the community of saints–your church;  that you call us to serve you–to bear witness to your Lordship over all creation.

Forgive us, Lord, when we live as if we own the kingdom and fail to humble ourselves before you.  Forgive us our rebellious ways.  By the power of the Spirit and your Word lead us and guide us in all our ways.  Grant that we humble ourselves, come to you, and ask “Shall I?”  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

“I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.  But if it dies, it produces many seeds.  The man who lives his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  Whoever serves me must follow me;  and where I am, my servant also will be.”

~ Jesus   John 12:24-26

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