A Day In The Life Of King David
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" A Day In The Life Of King David "
David arose before sun-up, washed his face, and anointed his head, before praying
to the LORD. “ Thank you, oh sovereign LORD, for thy kingdom which thou hast
established into my hand, praise thy mighty hand for delivering mine enemies unto
my feet. For thy art but one, creator of the heavens and the earth. I extol thy holy
name, above all things. I pray oh LORD, thy spirit to lead me in all judgments.
In all matters, both small and great, may thy divine influence rest upon my stead.”
He summoned his cup-bearer to bring drink, and food. He was sitting at the
immense teak table, pondering the answer the LORD, had given him to the prayer
said the night before. David had his armor bearer come fourth, to discuss the day’s
activities. “ I inquired of the LORD, should I attack, or shall I refrain”? His answer
was “refrain”. There shall be no battle today. Tell the fighting men, this day is for rest,
and reverence unto the LORD. After he had eaten and drank, he ordered his ten-stringed
instrument to be brought to him. In the court, he had men-singers and women singers
to join him in singing praises unto the LORD. Halfway through the songs of praise, he noticed
an advisor, kneeling at the edge of the court. He raised his cup, into the direction of the man
giving him permission to come fourth. “ My Lord” “ “a messenger has come from hither
and wishes to speak unto thee”, “bring, him” spoke David. The messenger looked tired, and
the urgency of his words, was upon his countenance. “permission to speak, unto my lord”
said the man. “Speak”, David said. “ “Sire”, the man began, “ I have come fourth unto thee,
to ask for thy mercy, for it has been spoken among the people, beyond the river, thou hast
sent spies beyond the river Jordan, to look upon the lot. The people think you are about to
advance your men, to attack. I have been sent by the men of my company, to let thy lord
know, that we wish not to battle against the LORDS anointed, but rather we wish to join
with thee into thy next battle” David pondered these words for a moment, and then spoke
“it shall be as you wish’’. “ Tell your men the LORD, had me refrain from attacking, and now
I know why”, “Be it as I, have spoken” spoke David. “ May the king live for ever and ever
said the messenger, “and blessed be ye, by the hand of the LORD of the GOD, of most high”.
And so he bowed himself unto the king, saying “ as thou hast spoken, so it shall be”, with this
he turned and left. David again picked up his instrument, and began singing praises unto the
LORD. And so it was, until noon, they all gave reverence and praise unto the LORD. It was
then, David ordered everyone, each back unto his own house. His cup-bearer asked him was
He ready to eat, the noon meal, and David told him, “nay for a short while” but inquire of me
again, in a while”. David arose from his throne, and went to his room to pray, in private.
He closed the door, and kneeled down and began “ Oh sovereign LORD, of the most
high GOD, forever mayest thy name be exalted, for thy judgments are true and righteous
and thy council is above any man or men’s. Thou hast me to refrain from going to battle
beyond the river Jordan, and I knowest now why. For a man from the company hast sent
me a messenger, vowing their will to join with my captain, LORD, if you sent not this man
with the words of thy honor, allow me to perceive, and instruct me on what thy would have me
do” “to thy kingdom of kingdoms, you art the rock, and the horn, of my strength”. “Amen”
David remained kneeling, for he knew that his answer from the LORD, would be sure and
quickfast. “ I sent ye the messenger, spoke the LORD into David’s heart, for my prophet
had spoken to them. And they harkened unto his words, and turned away from their
wickedness, and they art worthy to join thy company, for I am with them”. “Be it so
as thou hath spoken it” said David. “ And I thank thee for thy guidance and thy council”.
“ For thy hast delivered them, and blessed them, I thank you LORD, for all things thou
hast given me, for thy art my tower of strength, and till my death will I revel and serve thee”.
David rose to his feet, and summoned the cup-bearer to set his table, with food and
drink. He also had sent for his captain, of the fighting men, to join him to eat, at the king’s
table. When he had come, and sat, David told him that he had inquired of the LORD, about
the messenger. “What did the LORD, of the most high GOD, tellest thou lordship “? asked
the captain of the guards. The LORD sayest unto me, that HE had sent fourth a prophet,
unto them, and they harkened unto his words, and turned from their evil, in the sight of LORD
GOD, and vowed unto the LORD, to become true and faithful, to his ways. When the LORD
saw, that they spoke in truth, he heard their cry and supplications. So the LORD, had them
send fourth a messenger unto me. He spoke their intentions of joining us in battle, and the
LORD sayest to me, they are worthy, for I am with them”. These words pleased the captain
for he understood the reason, the LORD, had them to refrain from attacking. “ Be it as thou
hast spoken, and I will tell my company, what thou hast spoken”. David was pleased with the
day’s events, for a small army had been won, without the shedding of blood. “ Bring us more
drink” he ordered the cup-bearer. “ As you wish sire” he responded. So they sat, and made
merry, until the afternoon sun, was nearing the tops of the trees.
It was a mid-November day, and the days had grown shorter, outside a light wind
sent the leaves a swirling. David ordered the robe-bearer to bring hither his robe,
as he wished to take a walk outside in the courtyard. He stepped out into the sunlight
and he heard the songbirds singing. “They are also singing praise unto the LORD”, he
thought. He smiled at the hand-maids as they bowed before him, saying “ long live our
king, for the blessing of the LORD, is upon him” He continued his walk, until the sun
looked like a huge ball of orange, just above the horizon, which was surrounded by
puffy low clouds, that were bathed in the orange from the sunlight. David loved the
outdoors, and the beauty and awe of GODS creations. He walked back to the court
while thanking GOD, in his thoughts, for the blessings of which he had been given.
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