" A Day In The Life Of King David "
David arose before sun-up, washed his face, and anointed
his head before praying to the LORD. “ Thank You, oh Sovereign
LORD, for Thy kingdom which Thou hast established into my stead,
praise Thy mighty hand for delivering mine enemies unto my feet.
For Thy art but one, Creator of the heavens and the earth.
I extol Thy Holy
Name, above all things. I pray oh LORD, Thy spirit to lead me in
all judgments. In all matters both small and great, may Thy divine
influence rest upon my heart.”
He summoned his cup-bearer to bring drink and food. He was
sitting at the immense teak table, pondering the answer the LORD,
had given him to the prayer said the night before. David had his
armor bearer come fourth, to discuss the day’s activities.
“ I inquired of the LORD, should I attack, or shall I refrain”?
His answer was “refrain”. There shall be no battle today. Tell the
fighting men, this day is for rest, and reverence unto the LORD.
After he had eaten and drank, he ordered his ten-stringed
instrument to be brought to him. In the court, he had
men-singers and women singers to join him in singing praises
unto the LORD. Halfway through the songs of praise, he noticed
an advisor, kneeling at the edge of the court. He raised his cup,
into the direction of the man giving him permission to come forth. “ My Lord” “
“a messenger has come from hither and wishes to speak unto
thee”, “bring, him” spoke David. The messenger looked tired,
and the urgency of his words was upon his countenance.
“Permission to speak, unto my lord”
said the man. “Speak” David said. “ “Sire” the man began,
“ I have come forth unto thee,
to ask for thy mercy, for it has been spoken among the people,
beyond the river, thou hast sent spies beyond the river Jordan,
to look upon the lot. The people think you are about to advance
your men, to attack. I have been sent by the men of my company,
to let thy lord know, that we wish not to battle against the LORDS
anointed, but rather we wish to join with thee into thy next battle”
David pondered these words for a moment, and then spoke
“it shall be as you wish’’. “ Tell your men the LORD, had me
refrain from attacking, and now
I know why”, “Be it as I have spoken” spoke David. “ May the
king live for ever and ever said the messenger, “and blessed be ye
by the hand of the LORD of the GOD, of most high.”
And so he bowed himself unto the king, saying “ as thou hast spoken,
so it shall be”, with this he turned and left. David again picked up his
instrument and began singing praises unto the LORD.
And so it was, until noon, they all gave reverence and praise unto
the LORD. It was then, David ordered everyone, each back unto his
own house. His cup-bearer asked him was He ready to eat, the noon
meal, and David told him, “nay for a short while” but inquire of me
again, in a while”. David arose from his throne, and went to his
room to pray, in private. He closed the door, and kneeled down
and began “ Oh sovereign LORD, of the most high GOD, forever
mayest thy name be exalted, for thy judgments are true and righteous
and thy council is above any man or men’s. Thou hast me to refrain
from going to battle beyond the river Jordan, and I knowest now why.
For a man from the company hast sent me a messenger, vowing their
will to join with my captain, LORD, if you sent not this man with the
words of thy honor, allow me to perceive, and instruct me on what
thy would have me do” “to thy kingdom of kingdoms, you art the rock,
and the horn, of my strength”. “Amen”
David remained kneeling, for he knew that his answer from the LORD,
would be sure and quickfast. “ I sent ye the messenger; spoke the LORD
into David’s heart for my prophet had spoken to them. And they
harkened unto his words, and turned away from their wickedness,
and they art worthy to join thy company, for I am with them.” “Be it
so as thou hath spoken it” said David. “ And I thank thee for thy guidance
and thy council.”
“For thy hast delivered them, and blessed them, I thank you LORD,
for all things thou hast given me, for thy art my tower of strength,
and till my death will I revel and serve thee.”
David rose to his feet, and summoned the cup-bearer to set his table,
with food and drink. He also had sent for his captain of the fighting
men, to join him to eat at the king’s table. When he had come and
sat, David told him that he had inquired of the LORD,
about the messenger. “What did the LORD, of the most high GOD,
tellest thou lordship “? asked the captain of the guards. The LORD
sayest unto me, that HE had sent fourth a prophet, unto them, and
they harkened unto his words, and turned from their evil, in the
sight of LORD
GOD, and vowed unto the LORD, to become true and faithful,
to his ways. When the LORD saw, that they spoke in truth, he
heard their cry and supplications. So the LORD, had them send
fourth a messenger unto me. He spoke their intentions of joining
us in battle,
and the LORD sayest to me, they are worthy, for I am with them.”
These words pleased the captain for he understood the reason, the
LORD, had them to refrain from attacking. “ Be it as thou hast spoken
and I will tell my company, what thou hast spoken.”
David was pleased with the day’s events, for a small army had been
won, without the shedding of blood. “ Bring us more drink” he ordered
the cup-bearer. “ As you wish sire” he responded. So they sat and
made merry, until the afternoon sun was nearing the tops of the trees.
It was a mid-November day and the days had grown shorter, outside
a light wind sent the leaves a swirling. David ordered the robe-bearer
to bring hither his robe, as he wished to take a walk outside in the
courtyard. He stepped out into the sunlight,
and he heard the songbirds singing. “They are also singing praise unto
the LORD”, he thought. He smiled at the hand-maids as they bowed
before him; saying “ long live our king, for the blessing of the LORD,
is upon him” He continued his walk, until the sun looked like a huge
ball of orange just above the horizon, which was surrounded by puffy
low clouds that were bathed in the orange from the sunlight.
David loved the outdoors, and the beauty and awe of GODS creations.
He walked back to the court while thanking GOD, in his thoughts for
the blessings of which he had been given.
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