David’s testimony reminds us that personal peace is not dictated by our circumstances, but by our choices. Consequently, people of faith—who choose to trust God—will not be shaken by what is happening around them or personally to them.
The king shall have joy in Your strength, O Lord;
And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you; may He send you help from the sanctuary, and strengthen you out of Zion . . .
Living through seemingly unfair situations, David was uniquely qualified to encourage us with a testimonial.
Fire falling from heaven? Scripture details that King David witnessed an awesome display of God’s power.
Throughout biblical history, God demonstrates that He delights in using the least likely individuals—from man’s perspective—to accomplish His purposes. In spite of the circumstances that brought them together, David and Bathsheba’s son, Solomon, was destined to be next in succession in the lineage of Messiah.
David’s strategic plan envisioned the building of a temple to Jehovah in Jerusalem. God confirmed Jerusalem would indeed become the spiritual center of Israel, but David would not build the temple. Instead, God guaranteed David a perpetual posterity, an everlasting kingdom and an eternal throne. David’s response is an amazing demonstration of his true character.
Relocating the Ark was the first step in his strategy, but God’s plans exceeded anything David envisioned.
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.