David's Reign 1

Today's Bible reading: 1 Samuel 24:1-22

Upon Saul’s death, David then becomes king … and after reigning over Judah for 7 1/2 years, David unites the south with the north - called Israel - and rules for another 33 years.  He is rightly remembered as one of God’s great saints.  He reunites the nation under his strong and wise rule, captures and builds Jerusalem as his capital - aka “the city of David” - leads Israel to magnificent victories in battle, extends the kingdom, and enriches worship with his talents as a musician and psalmist.

All that’s missing is a temple befitting the glory of God.  But it is just when David wants to replace the old tabernacle with a glorious house for God that the Lord comes with one of the greatest promises found in the Old Testament: I will build you a house!  God will one day establish an everlasting kingdom for David's “Son.”  In the verses just preceding our Old Testament reading for this morning, the prophet Nathan says to David: “The Lord will make you a house.  When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.  He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.”  This prophecy establishes the Davidic Covenant, which fires the hope of Israel for centuries to come.

In 2 Samuel 7:25-29 we have David's response to the Nathan prophecy.  He shows unswerving trust in the power and certainty of God's promises.  David may never have fully realized that what God was promising was far more than a perpetual hereditary line of kings to sit on the throne of Israel.  In the light of the New Testament we can see the full truth.  Jesus rides to His passion on Palm Sunday as the “Son of David.”  He dies as our king, and invites us to be part of His never-ending kingdom, established when He sat at the Father’s right hand in glory at His ascension.

Prayer: Gracious Lord, thank you for sending Your true Annointed One to bring mercy to me while I was Your enemy.  Amen.