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We began 1 Samuel with Hannah’s Song of Praise, it is only fitting we end Samuel with David’s Song of Praise. This song is almost identical to Psalm 18. We haven’t read it yet so I posted I attached it. OK, I wrote a section-by-section cross-reference post and deleted it because each person is going to read a particular stanza and it will be JUST for them.
Chapter 23: David’s last words: We have been reading about David since April 12th. We took a 40 day Journey on David. Here are his last words:
“The inspired utterance of David son of Jesse,
the utterance of the man exalted by the Most High,
the man anointed by the God of Jacob,
the hero of Israel’s songs:
2 “The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me;
his word was on my tongue.
3 The God of Israel spoke,
the Rock of Israel said to me:
‘When one rules over people in righteousness,
when he rules in the fear of God,
4 he is like the light of morning at sunrise
on a cloudless morning,
like the brightness after rain
that brings grass from the earth.’
5 “If my house were not right with God,
surely he would not have made with me an everlasting covenant,
arranged and secured in every part;
surely he would not bring to fruition my salvation
and grant me my every desire.
6 But evil men are all to be cast aside like thorns,
which are not gathered with the hand.
7 Whoever touches thorns
uses a tool of iron or the shaft of a spear;
they are burned up where they lie.”
David’s last words centered with a prophecy of the Messiah. Similar prophecies are recorded in Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Zechariah. However, a beautiful confession from David is in verse 2 where he gives all his credit to God who used him as a vessel.
David’s Mighty Men: We know that the Lord fought his battles for him, but David knew the value of his warriors. Thirty-Seven of his men deserved special credit for their commitment to David (and the Lord), but The Three were singled out above the rest.
- Josheb-Basshebeth killed 800 men at one time
- Eleazar single handily struck down the Philistines
- Shammah refused to flee and stood his ground and was successful.
Thirty heroes are mentioned that were picked from many parts of Israel including Saul’s capital city. Now that we have read, I am betting you might recognize some of the names at the end 😁.
Psalm 57. When I read this Psalm I went to my computer and tried to find a worship song that went with it and I just couldn’t find the right feel to it. What song did you think of?
10 For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
(Here is the Psalm that matched David’s Song of Praise