Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.
One of the most emotional moments I’ve experienced took place at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Erev Shabbat (Eve of Sabbath). Spontaneously, three or four men began energetically dancing the horah at the center of the Western Wall Plaza. Within seconds, the number grew to hundreds.
Living in the capital city of Jerusalem, David reflected on his situation, “that the LORD had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted His kingdom for the sake of His people Israel” (1 Sam. 5:12). David humbly recognized his success was not proof of his own wisdom or ability; God was blessing His Chosen People, Israel, by exalting David’s kingdom.
Perched on a rock formation called the Ophel at 150 to 200 feet above the valley floor, Israel’s new capital provided a strategic view of the surrounding valleys; it was highly defensible; and, it had critical access to fresh water.
It didn’t happen overnight. But, at the set time God fulfilled his promise to David and made him King of Israel.
Over the past 100 years, more that 240 million trees have been planted in Israel. Israel is the only country in the world to have entered the 21st century with a net gain of trees. History, however, documents that not all have demonstrated love and concern for the land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Mercy shall be built up forever; Your faithfulness You shall establish in the very heavens. . .the heavens will praise Your wonders, O LORD; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the saints.
Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works
which You have done; and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order; if I would declare and speak of them,
they are more than can be numbered.
Given the essential facts of David’s predicament, we can’t help but wonder why he didn’t succumb to despair.