Before David dies, he gives Solomon final instructions regarding 3 men:
1) Kill Joab for killing David’s son Absalom and the 2 Israelite commanders, Abner and Amasa.
2) Show kindness to Barzillai’s sons bc of Barzillai’s loyalty to David when he was on the run from Absalom.
3) Kill Shimei for taunting David while he was on the run from Absalom.
David’s last words include, “He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God”. David knows that the only way to be just is to be in the Word of God as he instructs Solomon, “And keep the charge of the Lord your God: to walk in His ways, to keep His statues, His commandments, His judgements, and His testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses”. King David dies after reigning for 40 years as king.
We are going to read the Psalms written by David and his lead song writers before we get into the story of King Solomon. Today David says, “Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness!” “Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness…” So we have established that David’s righteousness is from the Lord but then David says, “The Lord tests the righteous”. We have also learned that the Lord doesn’t tempt anyone with evil but He does allow His people to be tested and to undergo trials in order to build their faith in Him. James, the brother of Jesus, will later say, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4) And Peter will say, “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:6-7) Christians can still rejoice even through trials here on earth bc our hope is in Christ. As David says in his Psalm, “Let those who love Your name be joyful in You.”
We have 13 days of nothing but Psalms ahead of us…so keep reading!
(1 Kings 2:1-9, 2 Samuel 23:1-7, 1 Kings 2:10-12, 1 Chronicles 29:26-30, Psalms 4-6, Psalms 8-9, 11)