In the reading from 2 Samuel a little line has caught my attention this morning:
“But Ittai answered the king and said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, surely wherever my lord the king may be, whether for death or for life, there also your servant will be.’” -2 Sam. 15:21
Ittai was with King David as he was fleeing from Jerusalem in the face of a serious threat from his own son, Absalom, and David was encouraging Ittai to return to his home. As I read Ittai’s response it struck me that as a servant of the King that should be my attitude as well…to go wherever God leads, whether for death or for life…and the really cool thing is death has lost it’s sting so even in the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for God is with me and will be my strength and comfort. I have sometimes been led into some very dark situations, places I would have rather avoided, but as I look back I can honestly say that I am the better for having followed Him there-though to be honest I would much prefer the easy road. Still, I will sing this morning with the Psalmist:
May Your salvation, O God, set me securely on high.
I will praise the name of God with song
And magnify Him with thanksgiving.
And it will please the Lord better than an ox
Or a young bull with horns and hoofs.
The humble have seen it and are glad;
You who seek God, let your heart revive.
For the Lord hears the needy
And does not despise His who are prisoners.
Let heaven and earth praise Him,
The seas and everything that moves in them.
For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah,
That they may dwell there and possess it.
The descendants of His servants will inherit it,
And those who love His name will dwell in it.
-Psalm 69: 29-36, NASB