April 21: 2 Samuel 1-4
4 And David said to him, “How did it go? Tell me.” And he answered, “The people fled from the battle, and also many of the people have fallen and are dead, and Saul and his son Jonathan are also dead.”
11 Then David took hold of his clothes and tore them, and so did all the men who were with him. 12 And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son and for the people of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.
2 Samuel 1:4 & 11-12
4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. When they told David, “It was the men of Jabesh-gilead who buried Saul,” 5 David sent messengers to the men of Jabesh-gilead and said to them, “May you be blessed by the Lord, because you showed this loyalty to Saul your lord and buried him. 6 Now may the Lord show steadfast love and faithfulness to you. And I will do good to you because you have done this thing. 7 Now therefore let your hands be strong, and be valiant, for Saul your lord is dead, and the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.”
2 Samuel 2:4-7
1 There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker.
17 And Abner conferred with the elders of Israel, saying, “For some time past you have been seeking David as king over you. 18 Now then bring it about, for the Lord has promised David, saying, ‘By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel from the hand of the Philistines, and from the hand of all their enemies.’” 19 Abner also spoke to Benjamin. And then Abner went to tell David at Hebron all that Israel and the whole house of Benjamin thought good to do.
2 Samuel 3:1 & 17-19
David is King
Though Samuel had anointed David as the next king of Israel years before, it was not a simple matter for him to take over the kingship after the death of Saul. The men of Judah anointed David king at Hebron, but Abner, the commander of Saul's army, made Ish-bosheth, the son of Saul, king over the house of Israel.
2 Samuel 3:3 tells us, There was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. And David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul became weaker and weaker.
Was this war fought because Abner, the commander of Saul's army did not know that David was to be the next king? We know this was not true because of Abner's words in verses 17 and 18 in 2 Samuel 3.
17 And Abner conferred with the elders of Israel, saying, “For some time past you have been seeking David as king over you. 18 Now then bring it about, for the Lord has promised David, saying, ‘By the hand of my servant David I will save my people Israel from the hand of the Philistines, and from the hand of all their enemies.’”
Have you ever found yourself in a position where you know what God's will is for you, but instead of the path opening up before you, obstacles just seem to keep getting in the way? Is not that exactly where David found himself? Yet, in spite of this, he did not do anything to hurry the process.
He himself did not strike down Abner nor any of Saul's family. In fact, when men came to him to tell them that they had killed Ish-bosheth, the son of Saul, David had the men killed. When Abner was killed by Joab, one of the commanders of the army of David, how did David respond?
31 Then David said to Joab and to all the people who were with him, “Tear your clothes and put on sackcloth and mourn before Abner.” And King David followed the bier. 32 They buried Abner at Hebron. And the king lifted up his voice and wept at the grave of Abner, and all the people wept.
Truly, David was an amazing man of God; the Psalms revealed his true heart for God, and 1st and 2nd Samuel illustrated that his life truly exemplified his Godly character.
The words, David is King, should take on a new meaning for you. May God be gracious to you as you go about the duties of this day, and may you, by the grace of God, exhibit Godly characteristics in all of your words and deeds.
God Bless You,
All Scripture is from the English Standard Version of the Bible.