II Samuel 5:1-3, I Chronicles11:1-3, I Chronicles 12:23-40, II Samuel 5:17-25,
I Chronicles 14:8-17, II Samuel 5:6-10, I Chronicles 11:4-9, I Chronicles 3:4,
II Samuel 5:13, II Samuel 5:4-5, II Samuel 5:11-12, I Chronicles 14:1-2,
I Chronicles 13:1-5, II Samuel 6:1-11, I Chronicles 13:6-14
Vicki Whitney, Expense Assistant–Finance Department
Has this ever happened to you? You have just come through a long and difficult time in your life and now you can feel at peace. Then before you can enjoy some hard-earned rest, what happens? Another battle is already looming on the horizon. Or perhaps you are fighting hard to reach a goal and it seems all you hear is “you’ll never succeed, so why bother trying?”
That’s very much like what happened to David in today’s reading. First he is in Hebron; the Israelites resoundingly support him and he is anointed their king. People come from all over to celebrate for three days. But then what happens? The Philistines hear about it and move into the valley of Rephaim to attack and try to capture David.
In the second scenario, David goes to capture Jerusalem. The Jebusites are feeling very confident of their safety. And why not? Back in Joshua 15:63 it says the people of Judah could not dislodge the Jebusites from Jerusalem. So when they see David arrive, they taunt him with “you’ll never get in here! Even the lame and blind could keep you out of the city.”
So how does David respond in these instances? When hearing about the Philistines, he doesn’t do what I probably would have and whine about it. ”Really Lord, you couldn’t just let me have a few years of peace after all I’ve been through?” Nor does David just rush out to immediately attack the Philistines. Instead he seeks the Lord’s guidance and is given victory. And what is especially interesting to me is that when the Philistines come back a second time, it would have been very easy to go out and attack them as before. But David once again asks the Lord what to do. This time it’s a totally different approach but the outcome is once again victory for the Israelites.
When leading his men to fight to capture Jerusalem, David doesn’t let the taunts of the Jebusites discourage them. Instead it seems to fuel him on to overtake the city which he then enlarges, and Jerusalem becomes known as the city of David.
It’s no wonder we read in Acts 13:22, “After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’” And because of it, God blessed not only him but also Israel. I Samuel 5: 12 says, “Then David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.”