He Won Over the Hearts

2 Samuel 19-20; Psalms. 55; Matthew 28 

“And say to Amasa, ‘Are you not my own flesh and blood?...you are…the commander of my army in place of Joab’…He won over the hearts of all the men of Judah as though they were one man.”

2 Samuel 19:13, 14

David reached out to those who had rebelled against him. Amasa had sided with Absalom and had been named leader of Absalom’s army. With Absalom’s death, David invited Amasa back under his authority. David’s security in God’s call and the establishment of his authority gave him freedom to forgive and extend trust to those who had betrayed him. Even in responding to a rebellion, David walked with humility. It’s in the test that we discover what is really in our hearts. Humility and grace win the hearts of others and carry the day. Authority must be granted for it to be legitimate. David understood the importance of humility, forgiveness and grace in receiving authority.

“Lord Jesus, thank you that you have extended mercy, forgiveness and grace toward me. I willingly give you authority in my life this day, and choose to follow your leadership.”