Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 23, 2015

“I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Chronicles chapter 18.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+18&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“5 When the Arameans of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David killed 22,000 men of the Arameans.  6 Then David put garrisons among the Arameans of Damascus;  and the Arameans became servants to David, bringing tribute.  And the Lord helped David wherever he went.  7 David took the shields of gold which were carried by the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem.  8 Also from Tibhath and from Cun, cities of Hadadezer, David took a very large amount of bronze, with which Solomon made the bronze sea and the pillars and the bronze utensils.

9 Now when Tou king of Hamath heard that David had defeated all the army of Hadadezer king of Zobah,  10 he sent Hadoram his son to King David to greet him and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and had defeated him; for Hadadezer had been at war with Tou.  And Hadoram brought all kinds of articles of gold and silver and bronze. 11 King David also dedicated these to the Lord with the silver and the gold which he had carried away from all the nations:  from Edom, Moab, the sons of Ammon, the Philistines, and from Amalek.

12 Moreover Abishai the son of Zeruiah defeated 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt.  13 Then he put garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became servants to David.  And the Lord helped David wherever he went.

14 So David reigned over all Israel;  and he administered justice and righteousness for all his people.”  1 Chronicles 18:5-14.

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God fulfilled His promise to David:  “And I will subdue all your enemies.”  1 Chronicles 17:10.

We also read in today’s Scripture:  “And the Lord helped David wherever he went.”  Verses 6 and 13.

But, God’s fulfillment of this promise and also His other help were not done solely for David’s sake.  We read about one of the other purposes in the following verse 14:  “So David reigned over all Israel;  and he administered justice and righteousness for all his people.”

Likewise, when God’s fulfills His promise to us, helps us, and otherwise guides, protects, and blesses us, we should expect that God will use those blessings to produce justice and righteousness for the benefit of others.

We may be tempted to boast in our own wisdom, might, and riches and to use those things solely for our self.

But, God is at work.

“Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.

Like God was at work in David, God is at work in us to produce lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth.”:  “for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”  Philippians 2:13.

“Drip down, O heavens, from above,
And let the clouds pour down righteousness;
Let the earth open up and salvation bear fruit,
And righteousness spring up with it.
I, the Lord, have created it.”  Isaiah 45:8.


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