CELEBRATIONS AND DISCOURAGEMENT

Well, it is an election year and everyone is rooting for their ‘king’!

We place a lot of hopes and believe a lot of promises that come from the leaders we are looking to.

We are divided though, in who we all want. It wasn’t so when David was established as the leader of Israel!

2 Samuel 5 & 6, 1Chron 12-14 fill us in on the details.

David conquers Jerusalem and has a skirmish that defeats the Philistines as well!

David was established as King at the age of 30 and he reigned for 40 years! He was over Judah for 7 1/2 years and Israel/Judah for 33 years.

The people loved David and wanted him as king. There was much celebration as the warriors from all of the tribes of Israel came to establish his kingdom! They remembered the Lord’s words: “You will shepherd my people, Israel, and you will become their ruler.” 2 Samuel 5:2.

The God who didn’t want them to follow a king, gave them the contentious Saul and now gives them the much loved David!

Is He not a merciful God?

The contrast is amazing between Saul, the rebel who does not consult God and rules on his terms and David, who consults with God at every turn.

Because of this, God blesses David with immense success as a leader.

In all of the celebration, David calls for the Ark of the Covenant (AofC) to be brought up to Jerusalem! What a glorious idea!

However, without going into great deal, the handling of the AofC did not go according to the instructions that God had given.

Uzzah, one of the carriers of the AofC, ends up dead, which makes David angry and afraid. He changes his mind on Jerusalem and lands the AofC in the home of a Gittite for 3 months resulting in great blessing on that household!

David is not unlike the rest of us. We glory in the good times, when God reveals His mercy to us, but we struggle when we see His holy wrath.

As humans, we often judge God to be inconsistent or non-caring. Because we do not understand Him, we withdraw from Him, or accuse Him of not being a loving and merciful God.

We far too quick embrace the celebration and dismiss the holiness, sadly, dismissing God in the process.

God consistently moves on throughout scripture to show His character as He works in the hearts of men.

1 Chronicles 12:18 “Then the Spirit came on Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said: ‘We are yours David! We are with you son of Jesse! Success, success, to you and success to those who help you, for your God will help you.”

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