After a long and rather bloody road, David is finally crowned King over all of Israel. Let there be rejoicing and unity!
There is now anyway. Back in 2 Samuel 2 David is crowned King of Juday, but that first part of David’s reign is marked by a period of civil war. Not a massive civil war, but there are enough of Saul’s supporters and extended family left that it divides the nation for a period of time, until David takes full control with the deaths of Abner (Saul’s general) and Ish-bosheth (Saul’s final son). With these two dead, Israel is without leadership and they approach David at Hebron to make a covenant with him and accept him as God’s appointed ruler.
The key phrase in both of these sections of scripture is: “David became more and more powerful, and the Lord God of Hosts was with him.” (2 Samuel 5:10 and 1 Chronicles 11:9). This is THE explanation for David’s success (along with his complete obedience to God through everything), and it is also a very important spiritual truth for us as believers today. This truth resonates through all of scripture and culminates with Jesus proclaiming: ““I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) and Paul declaring “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13).
The truth of those statements should stagger us because they proclaim not only our dependence on Christ, but the empowerment that comes when we depend on Christ. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always tended to focus on the first of those two truths. Without Christ I am nothing.
But the second truth really needs to sink into my mind and heart (and the minds and hearts of a lot of Christians). In Christ and through his power at work in me, I can do anything. God ordains the giving of power, the bestowing of blessing and the Bible tells us that he takes great delight in doing so (Luke 11:13, James 1:17). The key is that we must depend on him, we must submit to his will and call upon his name in faith.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: Psalm 133