And he shall be as the light of the morning,
when the sun riseth, even a morning without
clouds; as the tender grass springing out
of the earth by clear shining after rain.
David had returned to his capital city,
Jerusalem. All serious challenges to his
authority were now behind him.
He was about to die at age 70, having ruled
Judah for 7 years and as king over all Israel
for another 33 years.
Indeed David was a very remarkable man.
He had great ability, great insight, great
grace. As a soldier he was a mighty man of
valor. As a poet he was the "sweet psalmist
of Israel." He was decisive in politics and
chivalrous in war. But he was as human as he
was great. Perhaps it's that quality about
David that makes the man so lovable to us.
David had boundless love for Jehovah and an
unshakable faith and loyalty to Him. While he
frequently stumbled and fell, he always knew
how to get hold of God, ask forgiveness and
go on for God. He had a true hunger to know
the will of God and do it.
Second Samuel 23:1 claims to record the last
words of David. Although these are the last
literary or poetic words, David's final dying
words are not recorded until 1 Kings 2. David
describes the kind of man God would have as king
of Israel. "He that ruleth over men must be just"
(2 Samuel 23:3). One who would be king, president,
prime minister or any leader can never assume
he or she possesses the qualifications for these
important tasks unless that person has a sense
of justice that is more than human.
Human justice views all men as created equal.
Divine justice views all men as created equal
before God, a God with whom all men have to do.
This is why the next clause is so important.
A godly leader is one "ruling in the fear of
When Jethro counseled Moses about organizing
Israel, he said, "Moreover thou shalt provide
out of all the people able men, such as fear God,
men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such
over them to be rulers of thousands, and rulers
of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of
tens" (Exodus 18:21). As important as it is that
a ruler be just, the capability to be just arises
only out of a fear of God. God would have no one
rule Israel who did not fear Him.
How can we draw upon the resource of the fear of
God in order to be just to all men? We must
depend upon our hidden resources. All nature
depends on hidden resources. Rivers, deep and
wide, have their sources in the snowcapped
mountains. Great trees are only as strong as the
part you cannot see, their root system. The
entire earth draws upon the water and minerals
under the ground, their hidden resources. A ruler
in America, in Israel or anywhere in the world
will only be as great as his fear of God, and his
fear of God will only be as deep as his hidden
resources in God. This is why choosing a nation's
leader must go beyond partisan politics, beyond
basic morality, beyond simple decency.
David was keenly aware that he had not always
exhibited the fear of God, the kind of fear that
is pure, pristine, and clear. He describes the
just man who fears God as one who "shall be as
the light of the morning, when the sun riseth,
even a morning without clouds" (2 Samuel 23:4).
This kind of clearness and brightness comes only
to a man who seeks the Lord, his hidden resource,
early in the morning, before he begins to make
the decisions of his day. Let's pray that God
will give us that kind of ruler.
Take time to be holy,
Speak often with thy Lord;
Abide in Him always
And feed on His Word.
Make friends of God's children,
Help those who are weak
Forgetting in nothing
His blessing to seek.
`` by Anonymous