For the Sake of His People

Read 2 Samuel 4 – 5, 1 Chronicles 11, 12:23-40

“And David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.” 2 Samuel 5:12

I believe it is a rare person who is humble enough to realize they are exalted for the sake of someone else.  The long awaited promise has finally come true. Ish-Bosheth is dead and all the elders of Israel come and anoint David king (5:3).

David does not disappoint.  He captures Jerusalem from the Jebusites though people said it was impossible (3:6-7).  He builds up the fortress, renames it after himself, and also builds up the surrounding area.  Even the king of Tyre sends David gifts and builds a palace for him (5:11). The Philistines meet with defeat when they come in full force to attack him (3:17-25). No enemy can stand against him!  But David knows that his power is from the LORD God Almighty being with him (5:10).

One of my favourite moments in this passage is when David is in battle against the Philistines.  First, David remembers to inquire of the LORD.  He asks if he should fight, and then heads out in faith that God will lead him to victory when God says to go.  He doesn’t rest on his own victory when they come back to attack again.  He once again inquires of the LORD, and this time, God gives him some strategy tips.  He tells David to circle around behind the Philistines and attack from there.  And here it is . . . sun through treesGod says, “As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, move quickly because that will mean the LORD has gone out in front.” (5:24)  That day the footsteps of the LORD sounded like marching at the tops of the balsam trees.  What I wouldn’t give to hear God march out in front of me into battle.  What confidence David must have felt!  What sureness of victory!

And there’s no way David could take the credit himself.  He knew his victory was due to the LORD God Almighty.  He knew God made him king because he wanted a man after his own heart to rule his precious people.  For the sake of His people.


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