2 Samuel 15

1 Chronicles 19–20

Psalm 3

And the king went forth, and all the people after him; and they halted at the last house. And all his servants passed by him. – 2 Samuel 15:17–18

Absalom curries favor with the people surrounding Jerusalem. He begins an uprising against David and David hears about it. Absalom begins his advance on the city as David flees.

In the last few days, we have seen the strengths of David as a leader and then David’s fall from grace as he turns his back on the kingly responsibilities he has to his people, his friends and the fatherly responsibilities he has to his family. It has been painful to watch.

In 2 Samuel 15, we see a glimmer of hope. David leads his people out of Jerusalem and stands at the edge of the city as the people all pass by in front of him. He doesn’t leave until he is sure all have gone and are safely ahead of him.

In Psalm 3, we also see hope for David with God. David is under attack by his own son and he is fleeing his own city, yet we hear how he continues to trust in the Lord. “But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cry aloud to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.” (Psalm 3:3–4) Even when he is in darkness, David trusts in God.

And David sends the ark back to Jerusalem when Zadok and the Levites are seen carrying it out of Jerusalem. David trusts that God will bring him back to Jerusalem to be with the ark again.

There is always a glimmer of hope. Trusting in God is easy when things are going well. It is a true test of your relationship with God when you can trust in Him when things are dark and struggles come at every turn. Do you put one foot ahead of the other and walk with courage in God’s trust, knowing with confidence that God is with you and knows the way? David did. And David is not perfect – just as you are not perfect. But God doesn’t expect you to be perfect – He just desires you to love Him as He loves you.

“Go to our Lord just as you are. Be natural in your meditation. He wants the thought and prayer of that heart as the genuine expression of its love for Him.”

 – St. Peter Julian Eymard