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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for August 5, 2019

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MONDAY, August 5

2 Samuel 7:5 Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in?

Today’s passage from the life of King David speaks to the close, familial relationship David has with God. Remember a couple of days ago when we started reading about David declining to host the Ark of the Covenant? David feels it is unseemly for the Ark of the Covenant to be housed in the tent of meeting now that the children of Israel reside in the Promised Land. God replies like a soothing grandmother: Don’t you worry, honey. This tent has been fine for ages! Have I ever once asked for a house? No—you just rest, and we’ll let the younger folk handle it.

It warms my heart to think of God letting David off this hook. We all need to be tut-tutted over on occasion. When we are home from the wars and our work or are weary and in need of rest, we can remember the lesson of this passage: We need not be responsible for every little thing.

MOVING FORWARD: When have you been let off the hook? How did you respond to this gift?

PRAY for the Diocese of Rochester (England)

Ps 80 * 77, [79] | 2 Samuel 7:1-17 | Acts 18:1-11 | Mark 8:11-21



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