Thoughts and Reflections
In today’s readings we learn that David hands over the reins over to Solomon. Solomon starts strong but will not end strong. He starts out with great wisdom, but he will eventually waste his wisdom and turn his back to the Lord. The Lord does not turn his back on his people and abandon us. David recognizes that he needed people around him to accomplish what God called him to do. He knows he could not have done it all alone.
We should give God praise and recognize those around us.
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For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
2 Samuel 23
1 These are the last words of David: Thus speaks David son of Jesse, thus speaks the man raised to eminence, the anointed of the Godof Jacob, the singer of the songs of Israel:
2 The spirit of Yahweh speaks through me, his word is on my tongue;
3 the God of Jacob has spoken, the Rock of Israel has said to me: He whose rule is upright on earth, who rules in the fear of God,
4 is like the morning light at sunrise (on a cloudless morning) making the grass of the earth sparkle after rain.
5 Yes, my House stands firm with God: he has made an eternal covenant with me, all in order, well assured; does he not bring to fruition my every victory and desire?
6 But men of Belial he rejects like thorns, for these are never taken up in the hand:
7 no one touches them except with a pitchfork or spear-shaft, and then only to burn them to nothing!
8 These are the names of David’s champions: Ishbaal the Hachmonite leader of the Three; it was he who brandished his spear over eight hundred men whom he had killed at one time.
9 Next, there was Eleazar son of Dodo, the Ahohite, one of the three champions. He was with David at Pas-Dammim when the Philistinesmustered for battle there and the men of Israel had disbanded.
10 But he stood his ground and cut down the Philistines until his hand was so stiff that he could not let go of the sword. Yahweh brought about a great victory that day, and the people rallied behind him, although only to plunder.
11 Next, there was Shamma son of Elah, the Hararite. The Philistines had mustered at Lehi. There was a field full of lentils there; the people fled from the Philistines,
12 but he took his stand in the middle of the field, held it, and cut down the Philistines; and Yahweh brought about a great victory.
13 Three members of the Thirty went down at the beginning of the harvest and came to David at the Cave of Adullam while a company of Philistines was encamped in the Valley of the Rephaim.
14 David was then in the stronghold, and there was a Philistine garrison in Bethlehem.
15 Longingly David said, ‘If only someone would fetch me a drink of water from the well that stands by the gate at Bethlehem!’
16 At this, the three champions, forcing their way through the Philistine camp, drew water from the well that stands by the gate of Bethlehem and, taking it away, presented it to David. He, however, would not drink any of it, but poured it out as a libation to Yahweh.
17 ‘Yahweh preserve me’, he said, ‘from doing such a thing! This is the blood of men who went at risk of their lives.’ That was why he would not drink. Such were the deeds of these three champions.
18 Abishai, brother of Joab and son of Zeruiah, was leader of the Thirty. It was he who brandished his spear over three hundred men whom he had killed, winning himself a name among the Thirty.
19 He was a most illustrious member of the Thirty and became their captain, but he was not equal to the Three.
20 Benaiah of Kabzeel was the son of Jehoiada and hero of many exploits. He it was who slaughtered two formidable Moabites and, one snowy day, climbed down and slaughtered the lion in the storage-well.
21 He also slaughtered an Egyptian of great stature. The Egyptian was armed with a spear, but he took him on with a staff, tore the spear from the Egyptian’s hand and killed the man with it.
22 Such were the exploits of Benaiah son of Jehoiada, winning him a name among the thirty champions.
23 He was a most illustrious member of the Thirty, but he was not equal to the Three. David put him in command of his bodyguard.
24 Asahel brother of Joab was one of the Thirty; Elhanan son of Dodo, of Bethlehem;
25 Shammah of Harod; Elika of Harod;
26 Helez of Beth-Pelet; Ira son of Ikkesh, of Tekoa;
27 Abiezer of Anathoth; Sibbecai of Hushah;
28 Zalmon of Ahoh; Maharai of Netophah;
29 Heled son of Baanah, of Netophah; Ittai son of Ribai, of Gibeah in Benjamin;
30 Benaiah of Pirathon; Hiddai of the Torrents of Gaash;
31 Abibaal of Beth-ha-Arabah; Azmaveth of Bahurim;
32 Eliahba of Shaalbon; Jashen of Gimzo; Jonathan
33 son of Shammah, of Harar; Ahiam son of Sharar, of Harar;
34 Eliphelet son of Ahasbai, of Beth-Maacah; Eliam son of Ahithophel, of Gilo;
35 Hezro of Carmel; Paarai of Arab;
36 Igal son of Nathan, of Zobah; Bani the Gadite;
37 Zelek the Ammonite; Naharai of Beeroth squire to Joab, son of Zeruiah;
38 Ira of Jattir; Gareb of Jattir;
39 Uriah the Hittite- thirty-seven in all.
1 Chronicles 28
1 David then summoned to Jerusalem all the officials of Israel — the tribal chiefs, the senior officials in the royal service, the commanders of the thousands, the commanders of the hundreds and the overseers of all the property and livestock belonging to the king and to his sons-including the court officials, the champions and all the men of standing.
2 King David then rose to his feet and said: ‘My brothers and my people, listen to me. I have set my heart on building a settled home for the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, for the footstool for our God, but when I was ready to build it,
3 God said to me, “You must not build a house for my name, for you have been a man of war and have shed blood.”
4 ‘Even so, out of my entire family, it was I whom Yahweh, God of Israel, chose to reign over Israel for ever. Having chosen Judah as leader, and my family out of the House of Judah, it pleased him out of all my father’s sons to make me king of all Israel.
5 Out of all my sons — for Yahweh has given me many — he has chosen my son Solomon to sit on Yahweh’s sovereign throne over Israel.
6 Furthermore, he has told me, “Solomon your son is the man to build my house and my courts, for I have chosen him to be my son and I shall be his father.
7 I shall make his sovereignty secure for ever if he sturdily carries out my commandments and ordinances as he does now.”
8 ‘So now in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of Yahweh, and in the hearing of our God, I charge you to observe and adhere strictly to all the commandments of Yahweh your God, so that you may retain possession of this fine country and leave it to your sons after you as a heritage for ever.
9 ‘And you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve him with an undivided heart and willing mind; for Yahwehscrutinises all hearts and understands whatever plans they may devise. If you seek him, he will let you find him; but forsake him and he will cast you off for ever.
10 So, since Yahweh has chosen you to build a house for his sanctuary, go resolutely to work!’
11 David then gave his son Solomon the plans for the portico, the plans for the buildings, its storehouses, its upper rooms, its inner rooms and the room for the throne of mercy
12 as well as the plans for everything that he had in mind: for the courts of the house of Yahweh, for all the surrounding rooms, for the treasuries of the house of God and for the sacred treasuries,
13 for the orders of priests and Levites, for all the duties to be carried out in the service of the house of Yahweh, and for all the liturgical objects to be used in the house of Yahweh;
14 for the gold bullion, for all the golden liturgical objects of various uses; for the silver bullion, for all the silver liturgical objects of various uses;
15 for the gold bullion for the golden lamp-stands and for their lamps, and for the silver bullion for the silver lamp-stands and their lights, depending on the function of each lamp-stand;
16 for the gold bullion for each of the tables for the loaves of permanent offering and the silver for the silver tables;
17 for the pure gold for the forks, the bowls and the jars, for the gold bullion for each of the golden basins and for the silver bullion for each of the silver basins;
18 and for the refined gold bullion for the altar of incense; also for the gold for the model of the chariot and of the great winged creatures which cover the ark of the covenant of Yahweh with wings outspread-
19 all this was in the document conveying Yahweh’s instructions, by which he revealed the pattern of what was to be done.
20 David then said to his son Solomon, ‘Be resolute and courageous in your work, do not be afraid or disheartened, because YahwehGod, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you before you have finished all the work to be done for the house of Yahweh.
21 And besides, there are the orders of priests and Levites for whatever is needed in connection with the house of God, and you have at your disposal every kind of craftsman for whatever has to be done, as well as the officials and all the people entirely at your command.’
1 [For the choirmaster Poem Of the sons of Korah] As a deer yearns for running streams, so I yearn for you, my God.
2 I thirst for God, the living God; when shall I go to see the face of God?
3 I have no food but tears day and night, as all day long I am taunted, ‘Where is your God?’
4 This I remember as I pour out my heart, how I used to pass under the roof of the Most High used to go to the house of God, among cries of joy and praise, the sound of the feast.
5 Why be so downcast, why all these sighs? Hope in God! I will praise him still, my Saviour,
6 my God. When I am downcast I think of you: from the land of Jordan and Hermon, I think of you, humble mountain.
7 Deep is calling to deep by the roar of your cataracts, all your waves and breakers have rolled over me.
8 In the daytime God sends his faithful love, and even at night; the song it inspires in me is a prayer to my living God.
9 I shall say to God, my rock, ‘Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go around in mourning, harrassed by the enemy?’
10 With death in my bones, my enemies taunt me, all day long they ask me, ‘Where is your God?’
11 Why so downcast, why all these sighs? Hope in God! I will praise him still, my Saviour, my God.