Famous last words!
Scripture reading for April 2nd: 2nd Samuel 21-24
These are the last words of David: ” The oracle of David son of Jesse, the oracle of the man exalted by the Most High, the man anointed by the God of Jacob, Israel’s singer of songs: “The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; His word was on my tongue. The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: ‘When one rules over men in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth.’ (2nd Samuel 23:1-4)
David, the shepherd boy, anointed King by the Lord, speaks prophetically under the Spirit of the Lord. His last words are inspired by the “Most High”, “God of Jacob”, “God of Israel” and “Rock of Israel”. The Bible states that no prophet speaks on his own but is moved on by the Holy Spirit. ( 2nd Peter 1:20-21) He writes not so much for himself, but for those who will follow him in the walk of faith. David writes out of nearly 70 years of walking with the Lord and living a life of faith.
David left a mighty legacy for us. His Psalms are prophetic of the coming Messiah: his life, suffering and death! As a young boy, he knew God as his own shepherd. Jesus Christ is the good shepherd who so cares for His sheep that he lays his own life down for them.
David knew God as the “Rock of Israel”! That Rock was a firm place to stand in the trials that continually came to this man. That Rock was a source of water and refreshment in a dry and weary land as David was being pursued by his enemies. His Psalms flow with an anointing of truth and grace that make them easy reading for people from every age and generation. David’s fear of the Lord and humility make him stand out as a leader. Even though David lived over 3000 years ago, his last words still speak faith to us and encourage us to press on to meet our great “High God”! May we ponder these “last words” for more understanding and grace!