Day 133: Persevering in Trust

2 Samuel 15:1-37 Bitter fighting between Judah and the other tribes and even within Judah itself continued to take its toll on the unity of God’s people. David’s own sons continued to be a thorn in his side and a rival to his power.

Psalm 3 Psalms 3-14 are designated as morning prayers and night prayers. Like the Jews, Christians, from the earliest times, prayed the psalms daily. In time, the Church arranged the Psalms to be prayed at different times throughout the day over the course of a week or a month in what is known as the Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office, which is the official prayer of the Church.

Absalom: This son of King David sought to overthrow him.

I wake again: St. Ambrose saw this as a prophecy of the Resurrection of Christ from the “sleep” of death; in both instances, it is God who raises the dead. 

Your people: To pray for the people is a sign that it is the king who is praying. The Church teaches that David was a king “after God’s own heart” because he prayed for his people, submitted to God’s will, offered praise to God, and repented of his sins. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, David, in the Psalms, is considered the first prophet of Jewish and Christian prayer. (CCC 2579, 2700)

(*The Didache Bible RSV-CE Ignatius Edition, 2006)

(*Walking With God: A Journey Through The Bible By Tim Gray and Jeff Cavins)

Prayer by Fr. Mike: “Father in Heaven we praise you and we give you thanks. Gosh, Lord. We do thank you. We offer this word of trust, this word of confidence in you and your goodness and your faithfulness. Even in times of insecurity, even in times of uncertainty, even in times of great trial and battle where the enemy is winning. We declare our trust in you this day and every day in Jesus’ name. Amen.”