Focus Verse: “Because the poor are plundered and the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord. “I will protect them from those who malign them.” (5)
If they call on Him, the good Lord is always willing, ready and able to defend the poor and help the needy. The poor are not just those without material things. When we are poor in spirit and feel week and lonely, God will arise to strengthen us.
Focus Verse: I will give thanks to the Lord because of his righteousness; I will sing the praises of the name of the Lord Most High. (17)
Others may be full of evil and cause trouble, but David pays them no mind. He knows they will reap what they sow. David has determined to praise the Lord despite the violence of others because he believes that God is sovereign and full of righteousness. We also should determine that despite trouble, we will be thankful; in the face of persecution and problems, we will praise; and when tempted to fear, we will be faithful.
Focus Verse: Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. (3)
David did not say I think the Lord hears me when I call to Him or I guess the Lord hears me when I call to Him. David knew with 100% certainty that the Lord heard him whenever and from wherever he called. We don’t have to hope that God hears us when we pray to Him. We can have full confidence that the Lord hears us and in His perfect time He will answer us. 1 John 5:14 says: “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”
2 Samuel 23
Focus Verse: If my house were not right with God, surely he would not have made with me an everlasting covenant, arranged and secured in every part; surely he would not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire. (5)
These are some of the last words of David. Even when he was in old age and near the point of dying, he acknowledged that his salvation and all his success was because of God. He did not do as Saul had done before him and turn away from the One Who anointed him king. Some years after David, his son Solomon, would also turn away from God in his old age; but David never failed to recognize his Maker as long as he lived. No matter how wealthy or prestigious we may become, we would do well to remember the Lord and always put God first.
2 Samuel 21
Focus Verse: During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the Lord. The Lord said, “It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.” (1)
David was faced with yet another problem, but he turned to the same solution. Being king did not cause him to stop going to God for answers. When David sought the Lord, God immediately gave him the cause for the three year famine.
When problems arise in our lives, we often waste much time trying to come up with a solution ourselves or trying to get answers from other people. When in doubt, go to God. He is the source of pure wisdom, the fount of all knowledge.