September 6, 2011 Devotion Sharing (2 Sam. 16)

Submitted by Sue Y. from Gracepoint Berkeley Church

Reflect on David’s response to Shimei.  What is amazing about David’s response?  What does this show about David’s view of God?

10 If he is cursing because the Lord said to him, Curse David, who can ask Why do you do this? 11 …Leave him alone; let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. It may be that the Lord will see my distress and repay me with good for the cursing I am receiving today.

As I think about David’s response, I see a man who is humbled by his own sins, someone who is painfully aware of his own failures and shortcomings and as a result he doesn’t take any personal offense at the accusations and curses from Shimei. Even though Shimei accusations and curses were not based on truth, David is totally surrendered in how he thinks he should be treated, he is surrendered in how others think of him and he trusts that whatever God chooses to do then let it be so. David is not wrapped up in his own ego and he is not defending himself in any way.

David painfully knew what he deserved and thus he took in curses without any defensiveness on his part. He was a man who lived before God and trusted God that even though the curses came from man, he did not emotionally flare up to defend his name before people. He saw God as the ultimate judge and therefore was at peace that if these words were coming from God he knew that he could not say anything before.

I think about David’s response and it is so challenging to me b/c even though I know my own sinfulness yet when I am met with some unfair or unjust words, I find myself being defensive and I see myself  wanting to find something good and redeemable about myself before people.  I see how much I need to allow my sinfulness to really break me in the core so that whatever negative words come instead of wanting to defend my name, my posture needs to be one of humility and acknowledging that if people knew even more of me that it would be more humbling.

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One Response to “September 6, 2011 Devotion Sharing (2 Sam. 16)”

  1. Ernie says:

    Thank u for sharing, sue!

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