Life Applications and Lessons from 2 Samuel

Saturday Morning Life Applications (Vol. 91)

Last week we finished reading the book of I Samuel, so I would like to continue to look for life applications and lessons from 2 Samuel.

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There is so much we can learn from these ancient stories. Let’s learn from their life experiences and mistakes.

Life Applications and Lessons

“Some time later, David inquired of the Lord: ‘Should I go to one of the towns of Judah?’
The Lord answered him, ‘Go.’
Then David asked, ‘Where should I go?’
‘To Hebron,’ the Lord replied.

“In addition, David brought the men who were with him, each one with his household, and they settled in the towns near Hebron.” (V.3)

  • Let the Lord lead you in all areas of your life – in the big decisions as well as your everyday life.
  • Keep your family and friends close, and lead them to stay in God’s Will and follow Him.

“The war between the house of Saul and the house of David was long and drawn out, with David growing stronger and the house of Saul becoming weaker.” 2 Samuel 3:1

  • Conflicts and problems can either make you weaker or stronger – bitter or better.
  • Be like David in the conflicts. Let them strengthen you, equip you, and make you better.

“David became more and more powerful, and the Lord God of Hosts was with him.”
2 Samuel 5:10

  • David was powerful because the Lord was with him.
  • We get our strength and success from the Lord.

“Then David inquired of the Lord, ‘Should I go to war against the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?’
The Lord replied to David, ‘Go, for I will certainly hand the Philistines over to you.’”

2 Samuel 5:19

  • David knew where his strength and success came from, and he wasn’t willing to try and do it on his own.
  • We must inquire of the Lord and depend on Him if we want strength and success in carrying out His Will for our lives.

“When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, act decisively, for then the Lord will have marched out ahead of you to attack the camp of the Philistines.” 
2 Samuel 5:24

  • Who would have ever thought about the Lord marching out before the Israelites in the tops of the trees?
  • I find it very interesting that the whole reason the Israelites wanted a king in the first place was so that he would lead them out in battles. We know that the Lord goes before us and fights our battles!
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  • The Lord can make a way when there is no way. Don’t let your circumstances overwhelm you. Call on the Lord and follow His lead.
  • If we go out ahead of the Lord or come up with our own plan or solution, there are no guarantees of success.

“As the ark of the Lord was entering the city of David, Saul’s daughter Michal looked down from the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, and she despised him in her heart.” (V. 16)

“When David returned home to bless his household, Saul’s daughter Michal came out to meet him. ‘How the king of Israel honored himself today!’ she said. ‘He exposed himself today in the sight of the slave girls of his subjects like a vulgar person would expose himself.’” (V.20)

“David replied to Michal, ‘I was dancing before the Lord who chose me over your father and his whole family to appoint me ruler over the Lord’s people Israel. I will celebrate before the Lord, and I will humble myself even more and humiliate myself…'” (V.21-22a)

  • I have often wondered how Michal felt with all of the conflict between her family and David, not to mention that her father gave her to another husband. Did she love the other man? He appeared to love her (ref. 2 Sam. 3:16).
  • What I can see is that Michal did not understand the spiritual high David was experiencing or his form of worship.
  • We all have different God-given personalities, and we may each express our praise/worship a little differently.
  • Be careful not to put down another person’s form of worship, just because it isn’t the same as yours. As long as it is Biblical, it is between them and the Lord.
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Life Applications and Lessons in Bible Study

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Life Applications and Lessons Resources

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If you have joined me recently, these daily life applications from the Bible are examples of some of the comments I am writing in the Bibles I am giving to my grandchildren when they graduate from high school. Click here to see the post where I explain this eternal gift idea. I want to give them all the resources I can to use in today’s world!

The rose colored Bible is the one I am using for my youngest granddaughter, and I really love it! The brown study Bible is the one Jay uses for his personal Bible study.

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I hope these life applications and lessons will help you in some aspect of life. Please share any encouragement and lessons you have learned this week as you read the Word of God. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Until next week…

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