1-David understands God’s salvation comes through judgement. David acts as God’s judge punishing the wicked in chapters 8 and 10. But in David conquering the evildoers, he is bringing salvation to the people of God. God bringing salvation through judgement is an important truth for us to think about always, but especially right now during the preparation for the “best Friday every”, Good Friday. God poured His judgement out on sin, onto His own Son. And in God pouring judgement out on Jesus covered in sin, His people can and will have salvation through it. Never forget God uses judgement for salvation.
2-We are Mephibosheth. David comes down off His throne to look for the grandson of the enemy, who is lame, crippled, and a broken man. David finds the man who is broken and makes him as if he was one of his sons and lets him eat at the table of the king. Jesus Christ is our king David and we are His Mephibosheth. Jesus Christ came down off His throne, because of His covenant, to take us, the broken, lame, crippled grandson of the enemy (sin), and Jesus seats us at His table to eat with Him the King and God calls us His son. We are the Mephibosheths in this world and there are many more around us…do we help other Mephibosheths find a seat at the table of the King?
3-2 Samuel 10:12, “The LORD will do what is good in His sight.” This is a line from Joab the general of David’s army. Joab has no idea how the battle that day will turn out. Joab has no idea of they will win the battle or if he will even die. But Joab does not sit on his bottom and wait. Joab makes a decision and does it. Joab knows that it is his job to decide and let God control the outcome of the day, even if that mean he will die in battle. This truth is the same for us. Which car should I buy? Should I start to teach a Sunday school class? Should my child play this sport? Which job should I take? Which church should I attend? These are all questions we ask, but unlike Joab sometimes we are ruled by fear and “wait” for God to show us. We need to follow Joab and make a decision and let the results of the day up to Him. Joab knew he had to do something and let the results up to God, because God controls all for His good pleasure. We need to do the same thing. Act and in faith in God, let Him control the outcome.