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Though David was first anointed as a youth by the prophet Samuel, and again anointed as king of Judah, now he was anointed the third time to reign over all Israel and Judah.  It was not through military conquest that brought David to the throne, rather all the tribes of Israel uplifted him to the throne based upon the LORD’s promise to make David the shepherd and prince of the people of Israel.

 

It now became necessary to move the capital to a more appropriate place. The Jebusites were driven out, and Jerusalem, or more poetically Zion, was made the new capital. David waxed stronger and stronger.

 

The fact that Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David and built him a house was perceived by David as the LORD’s confirmation to make him king over Israel and exalt his kingdom for His people Israel’s sake. This kind offer also reflected the intention of king of Tyre to form friendly alliance with Israel.  However, the Philistines were not happy with it and came to seek David.  David enquired the LORD each time before engaging a battle with the Philistines. Twice the LORD gave victory to David.

 

David did not take the throne simply because he was anointed, but waited upon the LORD to open the door for him. David’s humility and his complete reliance on the LORD was delightful in the sight of God, it is recorded that “the LORD God of hosts was with him.” 

 

On the other hand, David’s descendants increased through more concubines, showing that additional fertility foreshadowed potential problems in the future. It sends out warning that any deviation from the known will of God will surely reap its disastrous harvest.

 

The story of David becoming king over all Israel and Judah reveals how merciful and patient the Lord is, not treating man as he deserves, rather how He pours abundant grace upon all who trust and humbly wait on Him, which David did in spite of his unfortunate mistakes.

 

Samuel Wang

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