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Read:

  • 2 Samuel 15:1-37
  • Psalm 3
  • 2 Samuel 16:1-14
  • Psalm 7

These passage combinations move me in a way that reading straight through the Bible in canonical order doesn’t. It is one thing to vaguely know that David cries out to God for deliverance. It is quite another to see David’s own son in the act of dethroning David, and the man after God’s own heart begs for judgment of his own heart. Yes, David asks for deliverance and that God would bring David back to the throne. Bur he also asks for his own heart to be judged. David asks for God to hold him accountable for his own wickedness.

David does not point the finger merely at Absalom, call him the enemy, and ask God to strike him down. David points the finger at himself as well, calls himself the enemy of God, and asks God to strike himself down for unrighteousness.

Maybe in our struggles with our fellow humans, we might take a moment and see where our own enemy-like behavior needs to be eradicated before we call another our foe.

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