June 10 - Distraught
Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 15:13-16:14 / Acts 6:1-7:19 / Psalm 71:19-24
David often entered Jerusalem to shouts of joy and celebration, now he leaves in a procession of weeping and mourning. Absalom had successfully dethroned his father and captured the hearts of Israel. David knew he had to flee for his life. In his going, all of Israel wept as David and his men passed by.
David’s faithful followers and leaders followed him. They pledged their devotion to King David, even if it meant their life. It was the saddest of days for Jerusalem, their King was leaving dethroned and defeated. The priests carried the Ark of The Covenant behind David and offered sacrifices until all the people left the city. (2 Samuel 15:24)
The Ark housed the divine presence of God. David fought for The Ark, rescued it, and prepared a resting place for it in the city of David (Jerusalem). He gave instruction for The Ark to be returned to Jerusalem, desiring God’s favor to someday return to it. The Ark was taken back to Jerusalem and David continued up the Mount of Olives weeping, humbled and barefoot.
The man with a heart for God was leaving everything that was from God – The Ark, his city and his throne. Later, Shimei harasses David by cursing, throwing stones, and showering him with dirt. David is encouraged to silence Shimei but David rebukes them and allows Shimei to continue. Why? David believed God was behind his exodus. Prophecy was being fulfilled, David was reaping his sin and his only hope was the mercy of God. David was humbled and completely surrendered to God.
There are times in life when we feel stripped of power, strength and purpose. We walk roads of defeat and discouragement. At times, we bring this upon ourselves, other times the reasoning seems mysterious. When our hopes are dashed, we can always depend upon the mercy of God. David did arrive at his destination…he was exhausted but it was “there he refreshed himself”. (16:14) So keep keeping on, God has a destination for you… and a place of refreshing...