Established Forever

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2 Samuel 6 – 10

Because of David’s faithfulness, Israel prospers. God gives him victory wherever he goes. David’s allies have built him a great palace in Jerusalem, but something is missing. The Ark is still on the border of Israel. So David begins to bring it home. The problem is he doesn’t begin moving it the way they were instructed to in the law. One of the men near the cart carrying the Ark reaches out to steady it and dies because of his irreverence. David is angry that things didn’t quite go as he expected and they leave the Ark in the house of a man nearby. God blesses that man because of the Ark.

This time when David goes to bring the Ark to Jerusalem he has men carrying it as the law instructed. Now God is dwelling among his people once more! It is a great day of rejoicing, the people are laughing, dancing and singing, including David.

Michal, David’s wife who was returned to him after Saul’s death, sees all this and despises David in her heart. When he is done blessing his people he comes home to bless his family and Michal meet him.

When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, disrobing in the sight of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”

David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD’s people Israel–I will celebrate before the LORD. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”

And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.

-2 Samuel 6:20-23

What an incredible response from a king. Where Saul and his family refused to let go of their pride and obey God, David joyfully takes a place of humility before God worshiping Him as He is worthy of worship. David knows all that God has done for him and celebrates with every fiber of his being.

David even desires to build a temple for the LORD, seeing that he lives in a palace but God’s house is still a tent. God tells David through His prophet Nathan that he won’t be the one to build God’s house but his son will be. Unlike Saul, David has followed and obeyed God, therefore his kingdom will be established forever.

” ‘The LORD declares to you that the LORD himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who wil come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with the rod of men, with floggings inflicted by men. But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me, your throne will be established forever.'”

-2 Samuel 7:11b-16

In all David’s victories, he takes for plunder silver, bronze, and gold. All these things that are precious in the eyes of man, he dedicates to the LORD and not for his own use. He even goes out of his way to keep his promise to Jonathan by seeking out the remaining member of Saul’s house to show him kindness. Mephibosheth is the only one left, a cripple in both legs living on the charity of others. David gives him back for his inheritance all the properties belonging to Saul and his father Jonathan, but Mephibosheth is to stay in David’s palace and eat from David’s table all the days of his life.

God blesses those who honor Him, but don’t for a second that He will also punish them when they sin. David will have to face consequences for his actions just as anyone else would. So what a wonderful promise that he can cling to God will never take His love away from David and his house!

 

 

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