13:2 Amnon was so frustrated because of his sister Tamar that he made himself ill, for she was a virgin, and it seemed hard to Amnon to do anything to her. (If you compare NLT, it's ridiculously worded... "it seemed impossible that he could ever fulfill his love for her." Huh? How about twisted lust. Note that "he made himself ill." Not to be confused with he really was ill (see vs. 6).
13:7 Then David sent to the house for Tamar, saying, "Go now to your brother Amnon's house, and prepare food for him." This verse is our first clue as to what a failure as a father David was for his children. Had he been a present figure in their lives, he would have known Amnon's character. We will see many parental blunders that show that David was hardly a fit father. Perhaps one of the problems of taking too many wives and having too many children to discipline or have a relationship with.
13:13 Now therefore, please speak to the king, for he will not withhold me from you." Note that Tamar, David's own daughter, called him "the king."
13:15 Then Amnon hated her with a very great hatred; for the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, "Get up, go away!" This is an example of the selfish sin that had overtaken Amnon. It was anything but love, and now she, a pure-hearted and honorable woman, is a hateful reminder to him of his sin and disgusting character.
13:20 Then Absalom her brother said to her, "Has Amnon your brother been with you? But now keep silent, my sister, he is your brother; do not take this matter to heart." So Tamar remained and was desolate in her brother Absalom's house. There is no end to the secrets, the hidden shame, and the dysfunctional behavior in this kingly household. Before it's over, you're going to want to scream!
13:21 Now when King David heard of all these matters, he was very angry. He does nothing! With so fatherly support, it's easy to see why his children feel as if they have to take matters into their own hands.
We see last chapter's curse coming true on David's household already—the sword will not depart (12:10).
12:38-39 And David mourned for his son every day. So Absalom had fled and gone to Geshur, and was there three years. The heart of King David longed to go out to Absalom... I have no idea why David longed to see Absalom but didn't. Pride? Pride? More pride? It is completely senseless, and it continues on... Did David intentionally banish his son? Is this the way God works with His children? We will find out the answer to this question tomorrow...
17:1-3 "Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I just want to jump for joy when I read this verse! Some day, all the false illusions we have about God will be burned away and we will all see Him for who He really is. What a great day of joy that will be!
17:6-12 This is a beautiful prayer for God's chosen—the ones that receive the truth, understand it, and believe upon Jesus.
17:23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. This is another one of those verses that has helped me immensely in overcoming fear when I face my lions and tigers and bears, oh my. I have been brought into the middle of the Father - Son relationship. I am not on the outside looking in; I am on the inside looking out. My life is hidden with Christ in God! So comforting.
119:82 My eyes are straining to see your promises come true. When will you comfort me? So true! I long for His promises to come true every single day. Thy Kingdom come!
119:85-87 These arrogant people who hate your law have dug deep pits for me to fall into. All your commands are trustworthy. Protect me from those who hunt me down without cause. They almost finished me off, but I refused to abandon your commandments. This is my constant reality. When you have persecutors, the Psalms become so alive, validating, and reassuring.
119:90 Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth you created. Though we are faithless, He remains faithful to all He has made!
119:91 Your laws remain true today, for everything serves your plans. And what plans they are! His Story from beginning to end is so beautiful and so complete, it is mind-boggling.
16:6 By lovingkindness and truth iniquity is atoned for, And by the fear of the LORD one keeps away from evil (NASB).