"'But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai of Gilead and let them be among those who eat at your table. They stood by me when I fled from your brother Absalom.'" NIV translation
David keeps giving his final instructions to Solomon and, here, he remembers those who stood by him through the trials. Absalom had tried to take the throne from his father and David had fled. We, like King David, need to remember those who have helped us through the difficult times.
"'And remember, you have with you Shimei son of Gera, the Benjamite from Bahurim, who called down bitter curses on me the day I went to Mahanaim. When he came down to meet me at the Jordan, I swore to him by the Lord: "I will not put you to death by the sword." But now, do not consider him innocent. You are a man of wisdom; you will know what to do to him. Bring his gray head down to the grave in blood.'" NIV translation
Shimei had betrayed King David but his life had been spared due to David's oath to God. He instructs Solomon to make him pay. Evidently, there had not been a real change of heart on the part of Shimei but still David was a man of his word. This is a picture of the forgiveness that we are to extend to those who offend us as well as the fact that, in the end, God will repay them for their offenses.
"Then David rested with his fathers and was buried in the city of David. He had reigned forty years over Israel - seven years in Hebron and thirty-three in Jerusalem. So Solomon sat on the throne of his father David, and his rule was firmly established." NIV translation
In this passage, we see the legacy that David left to Solomon. First, we see that he established Jerusalem as the center of the kingdom. He reigned forty years and we are reminded that that number refers to the complete trials of establishing the kingdom. David had been a fighting man but now the kingdom was established and Solomon would inherit a time of relative peace.
As parents, we must stop and ask ourselves what kind of legacy we will leave our kids. We may leave them an inheritance of wealth but, more importantly, we must also leave them a legacy of peace. That peace can only come through knowing Jesus Christ as their personal Lord & Savior. Are we, like David, fighting the spiritual battles required to bring them into that kingdom?