sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
(Psalm 119:103, 105)
2 Samuel 14:1-15:22
As had Samuel, the wise woman from Tokoa uses a fictional story to evoke an appropriate judgment from David.
David agreed to spare Absalom's life, but didn't immediately allow him to come into his presence.
Absalom then tricked the people into thinking he cared more for them than his father, the sitting king, did. As his support built up, Absalom attempted to overthrow David.
Notice echos from David's overcoming Saul?
One of his closest disciples aided in his arrest. Another denied even knowing him.
The psalmist reminds us that the Lord has provided us with a guide that will enable us to live the life that the Lord wishes for us to have, the one that will be the most beneficial to us.
Better is a little with righteousness
than large income with injustice.
The human mind plans the way,
but the Lord directs the steps.
Prayer for Today: Trustworthy God, you have given us an inheritance that is invaluable – a life-long guide to living as children of God. Help us to learn well the lessons you have prepared for us, so that we may never be tempted to ignore or disregard your truths. We know there will be obstacles in life to overcome, but we seek you help in dealing with these traps with faith, courage and tenacity, as we journey towards our home in you. With joy, we celebrate the trustworthiness of our Great God.
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© 2011 Joan Stott – "The Timeless Psalms" RCL Psalm Year A, used with permission.