2 Samuel 3:36 “Now all the people took note of it, and it pleased them, just as everything the king did pleased all the people.


 This verse follows the story of Joab, David’s army commander, killing Abner, Ishbosheth’s army commander, by tricking him to return to Hebron where David began his reign as King of Israel.  David was upset and wanted the people to know he had NOT endorsed this murder.  His actions pleased the people.

But look at the last phrase, “just as everything the king did pleased all the people.” This wasn’t a one-time thing.  David lived his life as an example of following the Lord.  Everything he did pleased the Father, so everything he did pleased the people.  Oh, to live that way.


If we can teach our children to live to please the Father, they will please us.  There is nothing a Christian parent desires more than to see their children walking with God.  How can I argue with that?

So, how do we do that?  How do we teach them to walk closely with the Lord, thus pleasing us?  By consistently teaching and leading them to God’s Word.  That is the key.  There is no magic formula.  The answers to how to walk closely with the Lord lie right in the Scriptures.

Are you following the Lord daily?  Can your family say, “Everything you do pleases us”?  Can your employer say that?  Can the Lord say that?  Be like David.  Seek the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

O Lord, I desire to please You in all I do.  I want others to be pleased with me as I please You.  Help me lead my children to do the same.


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