Fire falling from heaven? Scripture details that King David witnessed an awesome display of God’s power.
Read carefully what Scripture records upon the occasion of Solomon’s birth: Now the Lord loved him (v. 24). This was not a grudging concession on God’s part. Nor was Solomon considered just another son among many in David’s household. God loved Solomon!
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.
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. In minutes there were several circles with thousands of men enthusiastically dancing and singing. . .The extreme joy of the participating throngs was palpable, invigorating and never to be forgotten.
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.
“Oh, love the LORD, all you His saints! For the LORD preserves the faithful, and fully repays the proud person. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the LORD” (Ps. 31:23-24). Penned at one of the lowest points of David’s life, the extenuating circumstances are barely discernible in the 31st Psalm. Given the essential facts of David’s predicament in other passages, however, we can’t help but wonder why he didn’t succumb to despair.
Even the threat of death didn’t alter his conduct. David continued to behave wisely.