Scripture Reading: II Samuel 2:1-7
“And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah.” (II Samuel 2:4)
After Saul’s death, David inquired of the Lord concerning his future — “Shall I go into any of the cities of Judah?” The Lord answered by giving David instructions to take his men and their families to Hebron. It was there that the men of Judah anointed David king over the house of Judah.
David’s first act was to honor the people of Jabesh-gilead. He did so when he was informed that it was the men from there who took the bodies of Saul and his sons off the wall of Beth-shan and gave them a proper burial. David promised to show the people of Jabesh-gilead goodness because of what they did. He also called for God to bless them. Then he encouraged them — “Now therefore let your hands be strong, and be valiant, for Saul your lord is dead, and the house of Judah has anointed me king over them” (v. 7).
This began a new era for the people of God. God had chosen David to be their king, because he was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). Read the Psalms and you will see how much David loved and honored God. David desired to walk with integrity, unlike his predecessor, Saul. He even asked the Lord to prove him — “Prove me, O Lord, and try me; test my heart and mind” (Psalm 26:2). As a whole David did walk in integrity, but like all of us, he too was a sinner who needed God’s grace and forgiveness. When David sinned and failed God, it grieved him and he sought the Lord’s mercy — “Have mercy on me, O God, according to Your steadfast love; according to Your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions” (Psalm 51:1).
One of the keys to David’s success as a leader is found in I Samuel 30:6 — “But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” David knew that when he was weak and overwhelmed, the place to go was into the Lord’s presence. It was there that he found renewed strength — “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)
Lord God, I come to You this day to be strengthened. I desperately need You. I come to You confessing my sins and seeking Your mercy. I am thankful for the provision You have made of Your Son who makes forgiveness possible for me. You are my light and my salvation. I have no one to fear for You are the stronghold of my life. Today I rest in You.
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