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Loyalty Gives Honour (2 Samuel 18:1-4)

Introductory Thoughts

In spite of the rebellion of others, David’s men remained loyal to their king. David’s followers honoured him with their loyalty despite Absalom’s rebellion which caused David and his men to flee from Jerusalem (2 Samuel 15:13-15). David’s men wanted to protect the true king so much that they wanted him to avoid endangering himself by going into battle. David’s men were ready and willing to sacrifice their lives for him but wanted his life preserved at all costs. Their loyalty to David caused them to elevate his desires and needs far above their own needs, wants, and even safety. Unlike many kingdoms of the world, the soldiers were more concerned about the life of the king and the preservation of his kingdom.

Devotional Thoughts

  • (For children): One time when the Philistines warred with Israel, David went to battle but felt faint. When one of the sons of the giant attacked him, Abishai came to his rescue. His men reminded him that he was too important to perish in battle (2 Samuel 21:15-17).
  • (For everyone): How did the loyalty of Davids followers cause them to honour him? How would your loyalty to the Lord cause you to honour Him?
  • In what ways would it be proper for your loyalty to cause you to honour others? How could this be taken too far and become a problem? To whom is your priority in loyalty?

Prayer Thoughts

  • Thank the Lord for the example given by Davids men.
  • Ask the Lord to help you see the importance of loyalty.