2 Sam 5:1-25
After seven years of reigning in Hebron over Judah, David was made king of the whole of Israel. The elders approached him and declared his contributions in fighting for the land even when Saul was king. He was anointed as king, and the fulfilment of God’s promise through Samuel eventually came to pass.
David then moved on to Jerusalem, where his house was built. He became established as his family increased, taking more wives and concubines who bore him more sons. In those days, it was common for kings to have a lot of wives and concubines, at times borne out of allegiance with other kings and other lands, or just as a sign of wealth and influence. As we would however see later, having many wives is not a guarantee against sexual sins.
In the latter end of the chapter, David had his first battles as king of Israel against the Philistines. The main lesson we took from here is the fact that God is the source of David’s strategy in war. In both instances cited here, he inquired of the Lord before going to battle, and the Lord told him how to approach the battles. The mode adopted the second time was quite different from the first. David did not assume that since success was ensured the first time, that should be the way to go again. He sought God, got direction, attacked the Philistines, and had victory.
Do you depend on God all the way, or do you lean on your own understanding. Have you confidence in your own methods or do you seek God’s heart for guidance. God is willing to guide us and grant us the victory we crave if we would ask him how he wants us to approach life, then we would find out it is easier doing it his way than ours in the long run.
Some verses to remember
vs 3 : So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David king over Israel.
vs 19: And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.