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Monday, December 29 2014
Psalm 38: The Healing Of David
"For in thee, O LORD, do I hope: thou wilt hear, O Lord my God"
David was a fighter who fought many battles during his lifetime. As a youth, he defended his father's flocks from fierce predators (1 Samuel 17:34-36; see also The Bethlehem Shepherds Prophecy and Jesse The Bethlehemite). David single-handedly defeated the mighty Palestinian warrior Goliath (see The Battle Of David And Goliath) while still too young for the army (the entry military age for Israelite males was 20; see Israel's Jordan Census). David fought and won the civil war against Saul (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Civil War and Why Didn't David Kill Saul?) while still quite young, while at the same time, and thereafter, fighting Israel's self-declared enemies (see Where Is Palestine? and Jordan's West Bank Invasion).
The Scriptures do not record how many times David was wounded, but there came a day when David's battle injuries, and/or his increasing age, made him a liability on the battlefield - his troops had to defend themselves and David because he became exhausted ("David waxed faint") on the battlefield. It wasn't merely an occasional occurrence that can happen to anyone; it was time for the old warrior to retire from combat.
"21:15 Moreover the Philistines had yet war again with Israel; and David went down, and his servants with him, and fought against the Philistines: and David waxed faint.
David of course thereafter remained the King and Commander in Chief of Israel's army during which Israel grew from a Kingdom to an Empire (see King David's Empire). David's experience made him a wise and victorious father of Israel (see The Patriotism Prophecy) right until the day that he died of old age.
David did however become physically incapacitated, either from old battle wounds, or simply natural old age. His thinking remained strong and clear nevertheless, as evidenced by his deathbed instructions to Solomon (i.e. 1 Kings 2:1-12)
"1:1 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat. 1:2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.
King David did not have the benefit of modern medicine to alleviate pain. David suffered to the death that he knew would provide everyone's healing in their due time (see the Fact Finder question below).
"38:1 A Psalm of David, to bring to remembrance.
This Day In History, December 29
1170: Thomas Beckett, the archbishop of Canterbury, was murdered on the altar of Canterbury Cathedral by knights of King Henry II.
1223: Pope Honorius III approved the Franciscans ("The Order of the Friars Minor"). The Roman Catholic order was founded in 1209 Francis of Assisi.
1427: The military forces of China's Ming Dynasty withdrew from Hanoi, thereby ending their colonial occupation of the Vietnamese people. Vietnam has experienced a very long and ancient history of being subjected to foreign empires.
1508: Portuguese military forces under Francisco de Almeida attacked Khambhat in the Battle of Dabul.
1786: The "Assembly of Notables" was convened during the French Revolution.
1837: The U.S. ship Caroline, that had been supplying the criminal rebel forces of William Lyon Mackenzie in Canada, was set on fire by Canadian defence forces and sent over Niagara Falls.
1845: The U.S. annexed the Republic of Texas. The Republic of Texas had been independent from Mexico since the Texas Revolution of 1836.
1859: The first iron-hulled armored warship, Britain's HMS Warrior, was launched.
1874: Alfonso XII, son of deposed Queen Isabella, was proclaimed king of Spain.
1890: About 200 Sioux men, women and children were slaughtered by the U.S. Army at the "Battle" of Wounded Knee, South Dakota.
1911: Sun Yat-sen became the provisional President of the Republic of China.
1937: The second Irish constitution went into effect, the Irish Free State renamed Eire.
1914: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the Battle of Sarikamis began between Russia and the Ottomans (i.e. Turkey; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire). Although greater in numbers, the Turks were defeated in 5 days of fighting and lost 77,000 men.
1921: William Lyon Mackenzie King succeeded Arthur Meighen as Prime Minister of Canada.
1934: Japan formally refuted the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Treaty of 1930. It led to Japan's rise as a major naval power in the Pacific during the Second World War.
1937: The Irish Free State was superseded by a new state called Ireland.
1940: During the Second World War, 1,500 fires were started in 1 day alone by German bombers dropping thousands of incendiary bombs on the center of London during "the blitz" winter of 1940-41. The bombing caused the worst damage since the great fire of 1666.
1972: 16 survivors from an Andes plane crash were rescued over 3 months after the plane went down. Those rescued later revealed that they had survived by eating passengers who were killed in the crash.
1986: Former British Prime Minister (1957-1963) Harold Macmillan died at age 92.
1989: Playwright Vaclav Havel, who had earlier been jailed for 5 years for his human rights activities and long denounced in the Communist media as an enemy of the state, was sworn in as president of Czechoslovakia.
1996: Guatemala and the leaders of Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity signed a treaty to end their 36-year civil war.
1997: Hong Kong began the culling of the country's 1.25 million chickens to stop the spread of a potentially deadly influenza strain.