Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | May 22, 2015

“He will not always strive with us” – “So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Samuel Chapter 14.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Samuel+14&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“1 Now Joab the son of Zeruiah perceived that the king’s heart was inclined toward Absalom.  2 So Joab sent to Tekoa and brought a wise woman from there and said to her, “Please pretend to be a mourner, and put on mourning garments now, and do not anoint yourself with oil, but be like a woman who has been mourning for the dead many days;  3 then go to the king and speak to him in this manner.”  So Joab put the words in her mouth.

4 Now when the woman of Tekoa spoke to the king, she fell on her face to the ground and prostrated herself and said, “Help, O king.” 5 The king said to her, “What is your trouble?”  And she answered, “Truly I am a widow, for my husband is dead.  6 Your maidservant had two sons, but the two of them struggled together in the field, and there was no one to separate them, so one struck the other and killed him.  7 Now behold, the whole family has risen against your maidservant, and they say, ‘Hand over the one who struck his brother, that we may put him to death for the life of his brother whom he killed, and destroy the heir also.’  Thus they will extinguish my coal which is left, so as to leave my husband neither name nor remnant on the face of the earth.”

8 Then the king said to the woman, “Go to your house, and I will give orders concerning you.”  9 The woman of Tekoa said to the king, “O my lord, the king, the iniquity is on me and my father’s house, but the king and his throne are guiltless.”  10 So the king said, “Whoever speaks to you, bring him to me, and he will not touch you anymore.”  11 Then she said, “Please let the king remember the Lord your God, so that the avenger of blood will not continue to destroy, otherwise they will destroy my son.”  And he said, “As the Lord lives, not one hair of your son shall fall to the ground.”

12 Then the woman said, “Please let your maidservant speak a word to my lord the king.”  And he said, “Speak.”  13 The woman said, “Why then have you planned such a thing against the people of God?  For in speaking this word the king is as one who is guilty, in that the king does not bring back his banished one. 14 For we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again.  Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast out from him.”  2 Samuel 14:1-14.

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“For we will surely die and are like water spilled on the ground which cannot be gathered up again.  …”  Verse 14.

“7 For we have been consumed by Your anger
And by Your wrath we have been dismayed.
8 You have placed our iniquities before You,
Our secret sins in the light of Your presence.
9 For all our days have declined in Your fury;
We have finished our years like a sigh.
10 As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years,
Or if due to strength, eighty years,
Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow;
For soon it is gone and we fly away.”  Psalm 90:7-10.

But, there is hope!

“… Yet God does not take away life, but plans ways so that the banished one will not be cast out from him.”  Verse 14.

We saw one specific example of God’s plans in the Cities of Refuge established by God to protect unintentional manslayers from the avengers in Numbers 35:6-34.

We saw another specific example of God’s plans to save a remnant of Israel in Romans 11:1-6.

“I say then, God has not rejected His people, has He?  May it never be!  For I too am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.  God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew.  Or do you not know what the Scripture says in the passage about Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel?  “Lord, they have killed Your prophets, they have torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they are seeking my life.”  But what is the divine response to him?  “I have kept for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”  In the same way then, there has also come to be at the present time a remnant according to God’s gracious choice.  But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works, otherwise grace is no longer grace.”  Romans 11:1-6.

In conclusion, here is the general example for all of us to ponder and treasure.

“9 He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
14 For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust.”  Psalm 103:9-14.

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