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The Sure Mercies Of David
By Brian Price 11/24/2013

"The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore." - Psalms 132:11-12

The promise that God made to David is available to us as well. Isaiah 55:3 says, "Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David." The mercies of David can be seen throughout the Bible. As many may well know, the LORD departed from King Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD troubled him. Such was not the case with David. In fact, God explicitly told David that he would not take away his mercy from his son Solomon as he took it from Saul, "I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee." - 2 Samuel 7:14-15. The LORD made his promise to David to preserve Solomon. Despite the fact that Solomon had his heart turned away from the LORD as an older man, God still loved him. In fact, one of the names that Solomon had was "Jedidiah", which means 'beloved of the LORD,' (see 2 Samuel 12:24-25). The Bible records that Solomon had lived a very sinful life going after a lot of strange women (he had 1,000 wives - see 1 Kings 11:3), but he was still very beloved of God. This is the covenant that God wishes to make with us. Although we may be very great sinners in his eyes, God will not take away his mercy from us because of the covenant made with us through Jesus Christ.

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