1 Chronicles 14 is very similar to 2 Samuel 5 in the account of David. We learn that Hiram, who was king of a much smaller kingdom than David was, is still very important because he has the resources needed by David to accomplish the building of the temple. It is interesting how in life God often uses that which seems less to do more. That which is weak to be essential to the strong. That which may not seem as important to be a critical component for those who are important. God weaves together things His way using His plan.
This chapter is about David’s victories. The first victory is the establishment of his kingdom. “David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel”. The people knew, and had a large event to celebrate his kingship. But David also knows. He also realizes that it was not for his personal gain, but “for the sake of his people Israel”. Sometimes we think that life is about us. That is where we go into the weeds. God may use us to do great things to build His kingdom, but life is not about you or me. It is about Him and His plans. We are part of that story, but we must never lose sight that God is in control and what happens is according to His plan for His sake.
Secondly, David has a victory in that his family is growing. The list of kids is a bit different here than in 2 Samuel 5, as there are a few more names here, but suffice it to say that his flock is expanding. He has more wives and more sons and daughters. Certainly children are a gift of God and provide the foundation for family legacy. David’s foundation is deepened significantly as he adds 13 kids to the mix. We need to remember that our kids are a true gift from the Father and pouring life into them is what God desires. As parents we are entrusted with the most precious gift God can give outside salvation – the gift of life itself – and we need to care for it well.
The third of David’s victories is that his enemies are defeated. This chapter captures the story of the battles with the Philistines who find out that he has been anointed king and have a score to settle. David deals wit them twice in this chapter and whips them both times, but only after seeking God’s direction and obediently following and doing battle God’s way. It is when “David did as God commanded him” that the battle was his. When we are obedient to God we can do all things. David didn’t just win battles. Scripture tells us “they struck down the Philistine army” – they destroyed the enemy – and “the fame of David went out into all lands”. God is glorified when we walk in obedience to Him. David teaches us how to do that as he lived life victoriously with God at the helm!