Week 15   Day 3

  

God had chosen David and anointed him

            to be king of Israel 

But the kingship was not handed to him

            on a platter

David had to fight to become

            what God had chosen him to be

 

 

For years David had to flee from Saul

            in order to remain alive

Then there was war between

            the armies of Saul

            and the armies of David

 

 

It must have seemed to David that it took a long time

            for God's promise to be fulfilled

There were at least 15 years between the promise

            and its fulfillment

 

 

In waiting, David became increasingly stronger

When he achieved his goal

            he could look back

            and know that God had pulled it all together

 

 

God is good

            all the time

God redeems my adversity. 


 


                                                  KING #2
David became king and took Jerusalem, the city on the hill.
                                               II Samuel 5

 

     1All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron saying,

"Indeed we are your bone and your flesh.  2When Saul was

king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and brought

them in."  3Therefore the elders of Israel came to Hebron, and

King David made a covenant with them before the Lord. 

    4David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he

reigned over Judah seven years, and in Jerusalem he reigned

thirty-three years over Israel and Judah.

     6The king and his men went to Jerusalem; the Jebusites

spoke to David, saying, "You shall not come in here,  the

blind and the lame will repel you.  David cannot come in here." 

7Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (Jerusalem); 
8and said
on that day, "Whoever climbs up by way of the water
shaft
and defeats the Jebusites, shall be chief and captain."

     9Then David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the City
of David.   10So David went on and became great, and
the
Lord God of hosts was with him. 

    11Then Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and

cedar trees, and carpenters and masons.  And they built David

a house.  12So David knew that the Lord had established him

as king over Israel, and that He had exalted His kingdom for

the sake of His people Israel.  13David took more concubines

and wives from Jerusalem, after he had come from Hebron. 

Also more sons and daughters were born to David.

     17When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David
king over Israel, they went up to search for David. 
And David
heard of it and went down to the stronghold. 
18The Philistines
went and deployed themselves in the Valley
of Rephaim. 
   
19So David inquired of the Lord, saying, "Shall
I go up
against the Philistines?  Will You deliver them into my
hand?" 
The Lord said, "Go up, for I will doubtless deliver the
Philistines
into your hand."  20So David defeated them there. 

     22Then the Philistines went up once again and deployed

themselves in the Valley of Rephaim.  23Therefore David

inquired of the Lord, and He said, "You shall not go up;

circle around behind them, and come upon them in front of

the mulberry trees.  24When you hear the sound of marching

in the tops of the trees, advance quickly.  For then the Lord

will go out before you."  25David did so, and drove back the

Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.
            This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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