The past 2 Sundays we’ve seen King David sin and seen him repent. For whatever reason the lectionary peeps skipped God’s absolution of David (???), so I made sure we got to hear those comfortable words. David’s is cautionary tale in this instance about sin, imperfect leaders, and God’s grace. May we always respond with a penitent heart when our Lord speaks a judgment, trusting in his mercy through the work of Christ by the Spirit.
Our OT lesson this past Sunday brings us into the intimacy that King David shared with the Lord. And in that moment of closeness and devotion, God makes a covenant that a ruler of David’s line will reign forever–a promise we see fulfilled in Christ!
Two for one this Sunday. Back to David’s being honored by God for restoring honor to the Lord in Jerusalem. (Our lectionary omits verses 6-9, which can be found here. **Please note, the Vanderbilt site is offline, so the Satucket site was used, which pops up as a document download.**)
Then our less formal, periodic evening Service of Light. The topic: Why Go to Church?
This past Sunday at St Francis, Canon Natalie Hall shared a simple way to make corporate daily devotions in the home a realistic way to re-energize the faith of everyone in your household. It’s called Faith Five: in which 1) we share our highs and lows for the day, 2) read a Scripture, 3) talk about the Scripture in connection to your highs and lows, 4) pray for each other’s highs and lows, and then 5) bless one another. If you are single, you can get together with others, at least once a week, perhaps around a mealtime. This regular practice can do wonders for building relationships with God and others! [Note the recording does have workshop time included, which hopefully you can practice along in your own home.]
A little delay on posting the last two sermons, covering the anointing of David by Samuel and the famous David vs. Goliath story. Just know God has expects humility, especially of those in leadership. And also know that God can bring an unexpected victory over any fear we face with the means he has placed in our hands, no matter how meager.
What happens when you don’t exalt God as your only true king? Find out as Israel fails to heed Samuel’s warnings. May we truly make Jesus our only Lord and look for humility in our human leadership, whether in the Church, government, business, or civic institutions.