Read 1 Kings 2:1-12 – Part one of two… or maybe three.
We are privileged to have an account of King David’s last words, his legacy is handed to his son, the newly appointed King Solomon, who will be known as the wisest man to have ever lived. These are words we do not want to rush through.
“I am going where everyone on earth must someday go. Take courage and be a man.” David prepares Solomon(2:2) and my heart translates: Let me go – carry your own torch. Grief can redefine a person. Do not hold so tightly to those who have passed on before you that you miss out on leading your own life.
David charges Solomon to adhere to God’s laws, and gives him a few practical matters regarding people who must be dealt with: Joab (2 Samuel 3) and Shimei (2 Samuel 16) for treachery – and Barzillai for kindness(2 Samuel 19). King David dies and is buried with his ancestors in the City of David.
I just need a moment, how about you? We have walked alongside this lowly shepherd, who killed lions and bears, and was chosen by God Almighty. David, who slayed the giant, Goliath the Philistine, who waited patiently for King Saul to die, though he spent great effort hunting David and wanting him dead. David, who would lead Israel through turmoil, who would sin and repent… King David, the man after God’s own heart has completed his time on earth.