8 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
9 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
10 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
11 Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.
12 Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
13 you his servants, the descendants of Israel,
his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
14 He is the Lord our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.
15 He remembers[c] his covenant forever,
the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
16 the covenant he made with Abraham,
the oath he swore to Isaac.
17 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
18 “To you I will give the land of Canaan
as the portion you will inherit.”
19 When they were but few in number,
few indeed, and strangers in it,
20 they[d] wandered from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to another.
21 He allowed no one to oppress them;
for their sake he rebuked kings:
22 “Do not touch my anointed ones;
do my prophets no harm.”
23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
25 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his dwelling place.
28 Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come before him.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of his[e] holiness.
30 Tremble before him, all the earth!
The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
31 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
32 Let the sea resound, and all that is in it;
let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!
33 Let the trees of the forest sing,
let them sing for joy before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.
34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
35 Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior;
gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
and glory in your praise.”
36 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Even when David’s killing was justified, (or not wrong, at the very least since God sometimes approved of the battles) God found it abhorrent. He refused to let David build him a temple because he had so much blood on his hands (v 8).
God had promised David that he would grant Solomon peace so he could build the temple. He promised to look with favor on Solomon before he was born. Despite this, God wouldn’t have blessed Solomon had he turned out evil (like Ahab, for instance). Perhaps God knew how Solomon would turn out so he didn’t have to make a promise he might renege on.
Takeaway: The blessing of God does not mean that nothing will go wrong. Neither does God’s displeasure mean that nothing will go right. The different between God’s attention to the righteous and the wicked is the difference between God’s attention to David and Absalom (or any of the other terrible kings of Israel).
Once again, God punished the entire nation for David’s sin, just as he blesses them all for David’s righteousness.
God eventually relented from his decision (v 15). That is, he decided to stop before the 3 days of destruction was over. What happened to “God does not change his mind?” Well, maybe he didn’t. If he had resolved to complete those three days of destruction, and then decided not to, that would be changing his mind – strictly speaking – but the issue bears taking note of.
God did a miracle here, like at Solomon’s dedication of the temple. He set fire to the offering (v 26).
A key point here is David’s sorrow at what he had done. Even though God stopped the destruction, he didn’t call back the angel until David made his offerings. I don’t know what that means. Perhaps he hoped David would give him a reason to spare the people.
Here’s a hint: You can tell how active I am by the amount of time I put into my posts. Something as long-winded as this one means I’m doing superbly. No post or short posts mean I’m either working so hard I’m exhausted, or I going through another “I don’t want to do anything” phase. My doctor has been experimenting on my medications again. She thought she had reached the maximum dosage on my previous medication so she prescribed a new, ridiculously expensive one – which works no better than the previous one. Well, since she said she would up the dosage on my previous medication if the new one didn’t, I took the liberty of doing so myself. (Yeah, yeah, you shouldn’t self medicate. But I’m not. I just did what she was going to do without the delay and I’m going to tell her).
Anyway, it’s been 2 days since I did this and it’s going incredibly well (hence this post). I got so much done, it was ridiculous. It’s like the world has slowed down. Where I needed energy to keep up with it, I now have more than enough. The smallest things are interesting again: my economics class where everything is the same but with a different formula, my databases class where my professor takes pauses at all the wrong moments. The exception is my professional practices class – still boring, but then, I didn’t take the medications in time for that class. We’ll see what happens next time. I’m almost done with homework that isn’t due for another week. I went to our midweek worship service (and tried to do homework during it until that small voice at the back of my mind commanded me to stop). I’ve run so many errands I feel like superman.
So far I haven’t had trouble sleeping. I can calm down when I need to. The change is that I don’t spend all my time sleeping now. I actually do stuff. It’s amazing. On the downside, I’m once again suffering from the side-effects that I had when I first started the medication. I keep shaking, but it’s less than it was the first time. I’ll also have to see my doctor as soon as possible just to make sure I don’t have to be worried.
I’ve run out of steam. The drug should be wearing out now. It lasted just long enough to get me through the day.