Solomon & the Throne — Adonijah’s rebellion, David’s death, & a psalm of prayer for the King.
Reading 1: 1 Kings 1
Reading 2: 1 Kings 2
Reading 3: Psalm 72
Today we reach the end of the life of David, the man after God’s own heart. It is notable that the account of his life is so honest and transparent, recording the ups and downs, highs and lows of this fascinating man.
And to the end there is conflict among his family resulting from his unwise (although culturally accepted) decision to have many wives. The battles for succession and the sibling rivalries would have been greatly reduced if David had followed God’s plan (in Genesis 2:24) of one man and one woman for life being the definition of marriage.
Despite the factions and the fighting, David’s will is done in the end and Solomon becomes king. So the son of the woman with whom David committed adultery, before murdering her husband and making her a widow, becomes king as God promised.
And it is likely that Psalm 72 was written by Solomon after hearing his father pray shortly before his death. The famous preacher Charles Spurgeon, in his book “The Treasury of David” says of this Psalm: “It is the Prayer of David, but the Psalm of Solomon.”
So we conclude our readings for today with Solomon’s Psalm paying tribute to his father David’s prayer, and asking God to bless them both. What do you see most clearly in the Psalm?
Have a great day!