2 Samuel, Chapter 23

- ד מ ב -

David’s Last Words

King David reads the last psalm that he has written. David is also called “the anointed of the God of Jacob” and “the sweet psalmist of Israel.” This final song is an expression of the people of Israel’s love for God. David ascribes all of his successes and all of the miracles that he has experienced to one thingreverence for God. If we champion justice and revere God, we will attain the purest of lights. This is the kingdom of righteousness. Our commitment to God is unconditional –  in good times and bad, through light and darkness, transcending the limits of space and time. It is an eternal covenantunlike evil people, who are as transient as grass and whose value is like a thorn in flesh.

“Now these be the last words of David. David the son of Jesse said, and the man who was raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain. Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow. But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands” (2 Samuel 23:1-6)

The critical roles of precision and punctuality are clear in nature and apply equally to our own lives.