The Last Words of David

2 Samuel Chapter 23

Now these are the last words of David:

The utterance of David, the son of Jesse,

the utterance of the man God raised up,

anointed of the God of Jacob,

favorite of the Mighty One of Israel.

“The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me,

his word was on my tongue.

The God of Israel has spoke,

of me the Rock of Israel said:

He that rules over men in justice,

that rules in the fear of God,

is like the morning light at sunrise,

on a cloudless morning,

making the greensward sparkle after rain.

This part of 2 Samuel provided one of the questions in our study. So much of the wording of this was beautiful.  The utterance of a man that God raised up — this was not a self made man, but one whom God chose. It brings to mind all the difficulties that David faced, the experiences which led him to become a great ruler. He was anointed or made special and holy by the anointing. David took that anointing to heart and lived as a man chosen by God. Each decision which he made, according to the Bible, was done by asking God if this decision was His will. It is no wonder that David was a “favorite of the Mighty One of Israel.”

I was impressed by the wording and the description of a just ruler who fears God. A just ruler is like the morning light at sunrise –  soft, welcoming, expectant, or like the rain which makes the grass to grow. Both beautiful images. I looked up this passage in several different Bibles. I like this one the best. The images it brings to mind are so beautiful. I don’t think I have ever seen the word “greensward” before. It just means “grass covered ground”, but such a beautiful way of saying it.

What does this passage mean to me? Can I see myself in this passage? I was anointed at my Baptism and then again at Confirmation. If I let Him, the Holy Spirit will speak through me. I notice it sometimes during the Scripture Study. Questions are asked and sometimes I have the answers, answers that are put together in a way that I would not have put them together. I had the information, only the answers to the questions come in a way that surprises me. Perhaps that is the Holy Spirit prompting my words. I too am a chosen one for I have been chosen to be of the family of God, to have Jesus as my Brother. I can never be worthy of the honor, but I can live in gratitude to the Lord for having chosen me.