Read 103.) II Samuel 14:25 thru 16:14, and Psalm 3. Note the time clues. Absalom is back in Jerusalem, where his father, King David, lives, but he has not been permitted to see his dad’s face for 2 years. From here, and for the next 4 chapters, we read a story of incredible political intrigue and rebellion… against the ‘anointed of the Lord’; all as a result of David’s sin in chapters 11 and 12. Note: Absalom is David’s third-born. Amnon had been the first-born, but Absalom killed him in chapter 13. There was a second-born, says chapter 3, one Kileab, but he is nowhere to be found, and may also be dead. In any case, Absalom may be the ‘next in line to the throne’, and he is one ambitious young man! And, so, he makes his move. Chapter 15 opens as chapters 8, 10 and 13 did, ‘In the course of time’. David may well be around 60 at this point, or possibly older? Anyway, here it comes! It’s about 980 BC.
Absalom engaged in subversive activity to undermine his father for 4 years, and David knew nothing of it. David had to flee Jerusalem, or be slain by his very own son! That chapters 15 thru 19 totally revolve around this one particular matter in time tells us that it was important. It’s importance is still this: Though David sinned in chapters 11 and 12, when about 50. The consequences were decreed by God in 12:11+12, and what we are reading here is the fulfillment of that judgment rendered unto David back then, as this is now some 10 years later that it is all finally coming to pass! Just because you don’t see payday come Saturday; know this… it’s payday someday! Be sure your sin will find you out. Beginning with 15:14, David flees his own capital city. Note carefully his attitude, as he exhibits an incredible brokenness and humility. But, he also makes militarily intelligent decisions, and prays to the Lord for His aid! By chapter’s end, we can see that David fled none too soon! With the first 14 verses of chapter 16, we still find David in this attitude of incredible brokenness and humility. Though he has barely escaped with his life, the entire time his thoughts are turned to the Lord and in an attitude of pleading and of seeking His aid, as verse 12 beautifully attests. We can certainly do the same!
Psalm 3 was born of this occasion. About the time we read II Sam.16:14, we can imagine that this was when David was inspired with these words. Knowing the event that prompted Psalm 3, read it now, and see if its words don’t live before you. See in it the faith and hope of David in the very midst of most dire circumstances. Personalize the words to yourself, and take them to heart; as the Lord is your Deliverer as well, if you are one of His. It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell