2 Samuel 23:1-39: It ain't bragging if it's God's truth!
In his “last words,” David rejoices that God has spoken through him. In what may seem like boasting, David sees himself as a righteous king, like the light of the morning. But he is not bragging on himself, but on the Lord who made covenant with him.
The rest of this chapter tells of the exploits of David’s mighty men. The most famous story is when David was at the cave of Adullam while fighting the Philistines, who had captured Bethlehem. In a moment of nostalgic longing, David expresses his desire for a taste of water from the well at Bethlehem, the water he remembers from his youth. Three of his mighty men overhear his request, fight their way through the Philistine lines, and brink water from the well to David. When he sees what they have done, David is so overwhelmed at their loyal friendship, that he will not drink the water, but pours it out as an offering to the Lord.
God of glory, may we boast in what you have done. To you alone be the glory!
DR. GARY HOLLOWAY
Gary Holloway is Executive Director of the World Convention. Holding degrees from Freed-Hardeman, Harding, The University of Texas, and Emory University, he has written or edited thirty books, including (with Douglas Foster) Renewing God’s World: A Concise Global History of the Stone-Campbell Movement from ACU Press. He is married to Deb Rogers Holloway.