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Daily Reading:  1 Chronicles 10-11


 And David said longingly, “Oh that someone would give me water to drink from the well of Bethlehem that is by the gate!” (1 Chronicles 11.17)


Devotional Thought:  Even when you see it coming, it is still sad.  King Saul has been killed.  Many things led to this moment, but we are told that the primary reason for his death was “his breach of faith,” (v13).  Trusting in his own wisdom, he failed to seek the Lord’s guidance.  However, the Lord had a plan!  He chose David to be King.


David, far from perfect, was nonetheless a man of God.  One of his first acts as king was to take Jerusalem from the Jebusites.  He does this with a group of “mighty men, who gave him strong support in his kingdom,” (v10).  The feats of these warrior men are highly impressive, and are listed in these chapters.  However, one event in particular stands out.  David, to whom they were incredibly loyal, had said that he wanted water to drink from the well of Bethlehem. Three of the men went into enemy territory to bring the water to their king.  They must have felt shocked and confused when David poured the water onto the ground!


David was full of remorse for the rash statement he had made.  His words had caused three men to risk their lives unnecessarily.  How often do we put ourselves in a similar position?  We see something we want and we pursue it mindlessly, not thinking of the consequences.  Before long, we are far along a path that we never intended to travel down.  Maybe it’s a specific sin that was appealing at first, until the consequences of that sin became clear.  Or maybe it’s a pursuit of personal comfort that causes us to lose our focus on the Lord.  Let us, like David, pour out the water of our selfishness and set our gaze on the Kingdom.




Prayer:  Lord, help us to keep our eyes on You.  Even when we have good intentions, our righteousness and wisdom simply do not compare to Yours.  We trust You and Your great faithfulness.


Psalm of the Day: Psalm 40:9-17

9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD.

10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.

11 As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!

12 For evils have encompassed me beyond number; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me.

13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me!

14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt!

15 Let those be appalled because of their shame who say to me, "Aha, Aha!"

16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, "Great is the LORD!"

17 As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!

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