E100 Devotion – Day 35

June 9, 2012

Reading: 2 Samuel 5-7

David the shepherd becomes David the King of Israel. Most of his life has been spent in obscurity. His significance was overlooked not only by his brothers, but even by his father. David’s leadership was showcased in his conquest of the giant Goliath and all of his victories in battle. Yet Saul being jealous and intimidated by him tries to kill David.

David maintains his integrity and submission to Saul’s authority even though he had been anointed as king by God’s Prophet who he would be king and shepherd of Israel. David would have no part in selfish ambition or a need to validate himself after being mistreated, ignored and criticized.

One can only imagine how David felt when he was finally recognized and promoted by the elders of Israel as their new King. He enters into covenant with them as unto the Lord. He uses sound wisdom and seeks divine strategy to unite Israel, take back Jerusalem as Israel’s capital while rallying others to the cause.

He then from a place of strength in the inside of Israel begins to come against their enemies on the outside, and defeats them. Why was David so successful in defeating his enemies? David had the wisdom and humility to ask himself the most important question before starting his quest against the Philistines – “What does God say?”

We can learn a lot from this wise King, who told himself “Don’t go until you know!” He let God pick his battles and he won them. He didn’t always get the Word of the Lord right however.  In his first effort to bring the ark of God back to Jerusalem he didn’t follow the directives in the Word.

He used a cart and ox instead of having the priesthood carry it back. It was a disaster and it cost a man his life. We can’t forget the importance of obeying God’s Word even when we’re doing something noble and right. God’s correction restored David’s fear of the Lord which was essential to his future as a kingdom leader.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever.
Psalms 111:10

 


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