Now all the people took note, and it pleased them, just as everything the king did pleased all the people.
2 Samuel 3:36
David does many things wrong in his life. He is not perfect. But he gets this right. Abner had come to him to make peace and settle the whole kingdom under David’s rule. David, in his heart, was a man of peace. Yes, he was talented in warfare, but the most talented warrior, according to other writers, is the one who wins without fighting. When Abner is murdered, David not only says by word that he had nothing to do with it, but shows by his actions that he had been serious about making peace with Abner. It is true that our actions speak louder than our words. David’s actions with regard to Abner pleased the people, because the people could see by how David lived that his words were true.
And that is precisely how this passage applies to me this morning. Are my life and my words in agreement? A modern writer penned the phrase “Words are wind.” Society, particularly American society, believes that to be true. We are so used to people saying one thing and doing another (politicians, anyone?) that we are predisposed to judge a person’s actions almost to the exclusion of their words. If their lives and actions are actually in harmony, then we are astonished and also more likely to give credence to what that person has to say. If my life and words are not in agreement, then that needs to be addressed. A life lived in harmony with the messages we proclaim is a life lived in such a way as will cause people to take note.