September 7, 2023
No one is immune to sin.
And David became greater and greater, for the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him. And David knew that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.
1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and flesh. 2 In times past, when Saul was king over us, it was you who led out and brought in Israel. And the LORD said to you, ‘You shall be shepherd of my people Israel, and you shall be prince 1 5:2 Or leader over Israel.’” 3 So 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. 4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5 At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years. 2 5:5 Dead Sea Scroll lacks verses 45
6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who said to David, “You will not come in here, but the blind and the lame will ward you off”—thinking, “David cannot come in here.” 7 Nevertheless, David took the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. 8 And David said on that day, “Whoever would strike the Jebusites, let him get up the water shaft to attack ‘the lame and the blind,’ who are hated by David's soul.” Therefore it is said, “The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.” 9 And David lived in the stronghold and called it the city of David. And David built the city all around from the Millo inward. 10 And David became greater and greater, for the LORD, the God of hosts, was with him.
11 And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, also carpenters and masons who built David a house. 12 And David knew that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.
13 And David took more concubines and wives from Jerusalem, after he came from Hebron, and more sons and daughters were born to David. 14 And these are the names of those who were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 15 Ibhar, Elishua, Nepheg, Japhia, 16 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.
17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to search for David. But David heard of it and went down to the stronghold. 18 Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. 19 And David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?” And the LORD said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.” 20 And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim. 3 5:20 Baal-perazim means Lord of breaking through 21 And the Philistines left their idols there, and David and his men carried them away.
22 And the Philistines came up yet again and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. 23 And when David inquired of the LORD, he said, “You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come against them opposite the balsam trees. 24 And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then rouse yourself, for then the LORD has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.” 25 And David did as the LORD commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba to Gezer.
After fighting some serious battles, including becoming king (15 years after being anointed), capturing Jerusalem for his capital, and conquering the Philistines, David is an example of how to find victory and use his position to unite God's kingdom for His glory. David humbly relies on the Lord, who is "with him," for his own greatness through prayer, worship, and obedience. God is sovereign in the waiting and is the One who provides for David. This truth gives me hope as I face battles against my sin, negative thoughts, and troubles in this life.
Following a difficult season of several traumatic events, I was in a place of discouragement and fear. It was a constant battle of fear versus faith, and I was not able to believe God's promises. I believed the lie that God could not use me for His kingdom. David became great because the Lord was with him, and David's greatness wasn't dependent on himself. I had to learn to be still and slow down. My victory over fear was not dependent on me (as I had been trying hard at spiritual disciplines) but on my complete surrender to trusting God's ability to work in me.
David asked the Lord for direction (2 Samuel 5:19). His prayer was not telling the Lord what to do but asking Him what to do. I, too, need to seek His will and not my own, even in the good things. Inviting God into the pain and uncertainty is powerful when things seem impossible. David worshiped and named the place of victory Baal-perazim, meaning "the Lord of breakthroughs" (2 Samuel 5:20). Yes! Gratitude and acknowledging God's character move me out of my struggle and into focusing on His ways. David obeyed the Lord (2 Samuel 5:25) and took the next right step by doing what He commanded.
These daily practices allow me to rest in the Lord to fight my battles (Exodus 14:14) and to let go of self-sufficiency, giving me peace that surpasses all understanding. Therefore, I'm able to help others with more compassion, grace, and God's truth in their struggles.
This month's memory verse
16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
1. What areas of your life have you not surrendered to God, or what things do you think you have control over versus depending on God?
2. Is there something you're praying about that you need to focus on God's direction and character instead of your own desires and will?
3. Are you spending time worshiping God even in the mist of pain, suffering, or uncertainty? Can you consider making a gratitude list daily?
4. What small next step do you need to take to obey the Lord and follow His ways?