2 Samuel 5

2 Samuel 5 has David finally becoming the King as God had told him many years earlier.  “All the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel”.  God puts David on the throne over Judah at age 23 for seven years and then for another thirty-three years over all of Israel and Judah.  A total of 40 years on the throne leading God’s people.

What changed that causes the elders to want David on the throne all of a sudden?  He is a real leader. There are three characteristics that should mark anyone who leads God’s people:

  1. A leader must belong to God’s people in heritage and heart.
  2. A leader must demonstrate capability to lead.
  3. A leader must have an evident call from God.

David has them all.  he elders of Israel received David’s leadership when they saw these things in David.

David comes to Jerusalem and finds the Jebusites inhabiting the land.  They aren’t willing to give him the city, so “David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David”.  He takes back the land of God and “David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him”.  God’s hand is upon him and he is walking in God’s power and blessing.  But the Jebusites weren’t the only nation that wasn’t buying the idea of David as king.  The pesky Philistines are back, and moved their army into the valley around Jerusalem.

David goes to the Lord to see what he should do, and God says to go attack them.  “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand”.  David obeys God’s command and takes them out.  But they aren’t finished and show up yet again.  David follows the same pattern and goes to God to find out what he should do – but this time God gives a different set of instructions – to come up behind them and attack from the rear.  “David did as the Lord commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba to Gezer”.  Obedience is key to success, but seeking God’s direction is the beginning of being able to be obedient.  We have to know what God wants us to do!

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