The Tower of David

 

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Psalm 122: 6-9 Easy-to-Read Version

Pray for peace in Jerusalem

“May those who love you find peace.
May there be peace within your walls.
May there be safety in your great buildings.”
For the good of my family and neighbors,
I pray that there will be peace here.
For the good of the Temple of the Lord our God,
I pray that good things will happen to this city.

 

The Byzantine Christians used the description from the Song of Solomon 4:4, to name this site the Tower of David, also known as the Citadel; however, it had nothing to do with King David.

 

Song of Solomon 4:4 Easy-to-Read Version 

Your neck is long and thin
like David’s tower.
That tower was built to be decorated
with a thousand shields on its walls,
with the shields of powerful soldiers.

 

Jerusalem was built atop two hills, with a valley between; the Tower of David is the highest point; from the tower can be seen the Old City, today’s Jerusalem, the Mount of Olives, the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea.

Sling shots and stones and giants were my first introduction to David. Thinking it an amazing story of one so small killing one so large; David was the ultimate underdog; but he won. I am not sure those childhood stories went on to tell of David beheading Goliath with his own sword; or maybe I just blocked out that part. At any rate, David is a puzzle to me. God loved him dearly. But he was a warrior, an adulterer, a conspiriator, and a murderer.

 

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Acts 13:22 God’s Word Translation 

God removed Saul and made David their king. God spoke favorably about David. He said, ‘I have found that David, son of Jesse, is a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.’

 

David wrote Psalm 51 after the prophet Nathan pointed out David’s sin of taking the wife of Uriah the Hittite, Bathsheba, for his own and arranging for the death of her husband, Uriah.

 

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Psalm 51 Easy-to-Read Version 

God, be merciful to me
because of your faithful love.
Because of your great compassion,
erase all the wrongs I have done.
Scrub away my guilt.
Wash me clean from my sin.
I know I have done wrong.
I remember that sin all the time.
I did what you said is wrong.
You are the one I have sinned against.
I say this so that people will know
that I am wrong and you are right.
What you decided is fair.
I was born to do wrong,
a sinner before I left my mother’s womb.
You want me to be completely loyal,
so put true wisdom deep inside of me.
Remove my sin and make me pure.
Wash me until I am whiter than snow!
Let me hear sounds of joy and happiness again.
Let the bones you crushed be happy again.
Don’t look at my sins.
Erase them all.
God, create a pure heart in me,
and make my spirit strong again.
Don’t push me away
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
Your help made me so happy.
Give me that joy again.
Make my spirit strong and ready to obey you.
I will teach the guilty how you want them to live,
and the sinners will come back to you.
God, spare me from the punishment of death.
My God, you are the one who saves me!
Let me sing about all the good things you do for me!
My Lord, I will open my mouth and sing your praises!
You don’t really want sacrifices,
or I would give them to you.
The sacrifice that God wants is a humble spirit.
God, you will not turn away someone who comes with a humble heart and is willing to obey you.
God, please be good to Zion.
Rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
Then you can enjoy the kind of sacrifices you want.
You will receive whole burnt offerings,
and people will again offer bulls on your altar.

 

David continued in relationship with God; openly admitting his sins, begging for forgiveness, praising and thanking God, and writing many of the Psalms. David gives hope to even the most sinful.

Here David praises God.

 

Psalm 145 Easy-to-Read Version 
A song of David

I will tell of your greatness, my God and King.
I will praise your name forever and ever.
I will praise you every day.
I will praise your name forever and ever.
The Lord is great and deserves all our praise!
No one can fully understand his greatness!
Each generation will praise you
and tell the next generation about the great things you do.
Your majesty and glory are wonderful.
I will tell about your miracles.
People will tell about the amazing things you do,
and I will tell everyone how great you are.
They will talk about your goodness
and sing about your justice.
The Lord is kind and merciful,
patient and full of love.
The Lord is good to everyone.
He shows his mercy to everything he made.
Lord, all you have made will give thanks to you.
Your loyal followers will praise you.
They will tell how great your kingdom is.
They will tell how great you are.
So others will learn about the mighty things you do,
about the glory of your kingdom—how marvelous it is!
Your kingdom will never end,
and you will rule forever.
The Lord can be trusted in all that he says.
He is loyal in all that he does.
The Lord lifts up people who have fallen.
He helps those who are in trouble.
All living things look to you for their food,
and you give them their food at the right time.
You open your hands
and give every living thing all that it needs.
Everything the Lord does is good.
Everything he does shows how loyal he is.
The Lord is near to everyone
who sincerely calls to him for help.
He listens to his followers and does what they want.
He answers their prayers and saves them.
The Lord protects everyone who loves him,
but he destroys all who do evil.
I will praise the Lord!
Let everyone praise his holy name forever and ever!

 

David describes the Lord, who He is, what He does, and how He deserves all honor and praise.

 

Psalm 104 Easy-to-Read Version 

My soul, praise the Lord!
Lord my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with glory and honor.
You wear light like a robe.
You spread out the skies like a curtain.
You built your home above them.
You use the thick clouds like a chariot
and ride across the sky on the wings of the wind.
You make the winds your messengers
and flames of fire your servants.
You built the earth on its foundations,
so it can never be moved.
You covered it with water like a blanket.
The water covered even the mountains.
But you gave the command, and the water turned back.
You shouted at the water, and it rushed away.
The water flowed down from the mountains into the valleys,
to the places you made for it.
You set the limits for the seas,
and the water will never again rise to cover the earth.
Lord, you cause water to flow from springs into the streams
that flow down between the mountains.
The streams provide water for all the wild animals.
Even the wild donkeys come there to drink.
Wild birds come to live by the pools;
they sing in the branches of nearby trees.
You send rain down on the mountains.
The earth gets everything it needs from what you have made.
You make the grass grow to feed the animals.
You provide plants for the crops we grow—
the plants that give us food from the earth.
You give us the wine that makes us happy,
the oil that makes our skin soft,
and the food that makes us strong.
The great cedar trees of Lebanon belong to the Lord.
He planted them and gives them the water they need.
That’s where the birds make their nests,
and the storks live in the fir trees.
The high mountains are a home for wild goats.
The large rocks are hiding places for rock badgers.
Lord, you made the moon to show us when the festivals begin.
And the sun always knows when to set.
You made darkness to be the night—
the time when wild animals come out and roam around.
Lions roar as they attack,
as if they are asking God for the food he gives them.
When the sun rises, they leave
and go back to their dens to rest.
Then people go out to do their work,
and they work until evening.
Lord, you created so many things!
With your wisdom you made them all.
The earth is full of the living things you made.
Look at the ocean, so big and wide!
It is filled with all kinds of sea life.
There are creatures large and small—too many to count!
Ships sail over the ocean,
and playing there is Leviathan,
the great sea creature you made.
Lord, all living things depend on you.
You give them food at the right time.
You give it, and they eat it.
They are filled with good food from your open hands.
When you turn away from them,
they become frightened.
When you take away their breath,
they die, and their bodies return to the dust.
But when you send out your life-giving breath,
things come alive, and the world is like new again!
May the Lord’s glory continue forever!
May the Lord enjoy what he made.
He just looks at the earth, and it trembles.
He just touches the mountains, and smoke rises from them.
I will sing to the Lord for the rest of my life.
I will sing praises to my God as long as I live.
May my words be pleasing to him.
The Lord is the one who makes me happy.
I wish sinners would disappear from the earth.
I wish the wicked would be gone forever.
My soul, praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!

 

All I can add to what Kind David has written is, Amen.

 

This is a really cute song about David and Goliath. 

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