David’s coronation as king of Israel proceeded in three stages. One, he ruled all twelve tribes. Two, he conquered Jerusalem as his capital. Stage three, It Brought Him Personal Prominence.
First, in having a palace built. David began receiving emissaries from other kings, with their congratulations and good wishes. Hiram, King of Tyre, proved his interest in David’s reign by sending men and material to build a palace of cedar and stone. Such attention fortified David’s awareness of God’s benefaction. He understood it as a sign of his permanence in Israel and of Israel’s exaltation in God’s eyes.
Second, in additional marriages. Every inch an oriental king in this regard, David lamentably felt important in direct proportion to the number of wives possessed—despite God’s earlier warnings not to multiply wives Deuteronomy 17:17. The marriages strengthened his political base in Israel and the Middle East. While it cost David only a ballooning food bill, such marriages wreaked moral disaster on Solomon.
Teaching us a valuable lesson. What one person can have as a habit and remain close to God, another finds the same habit leading him from God. Which means: Christians need to establish before family and friends only positive, godly models of behavior. That leaves an example God wants to communicate generation to generation. If they fall from that behavior, it’s despite a good model being set, not because a bad one has been set.
The fourth stage: He Successfully Defended Israel Against Foreign Enemies.
No sooner had David been crowned than an aggressive Philistia mobilized its entire army, marched to the Valley of Rephaim looking for him, intending to humiliate him. They didn’t understand David spiritual capacity. Unlike Saul, whose terror increased as Philistine armies enlarged, David calmly massed troops in his mountain fortress waiting God’s permission to use them. He sought two answers from God: should he attack the Philistines? Yes. Would he defeat them? Yes.
David referred to the rout at Baal Perazim as the pounding of waters on an earthen dam until irresistible force collapsed the whole structure, sweeping everything before it. The Philistines even left their idols on the field.
Unconvinced, Phlistia again marshaled troops and, as before, spread out in the Valley of Rephaim, perhaps stationing cavalry or charioteers in the critical center, where Israelite warriors had penetrated. David again consulted the Lord. Should he fight them? Yes. But not head-on, as before. Accordingly, David left enough troops to convince Philistia’s commanders of a frontal assault, then marched the rest around the enemy flank. There they awaited God’s presence: the sound of marching in the dense leaves of balsam trees. When it came, curling the leaves, revealing white undersides, forward they moved, a half-mile-wide screaming column, pounding the unprotected enemy rear, punching holes, preventing reorganization, routing the whole army. And as nothing is more devastating to an army than an unexpected attack in its rear, Philistia’s army fled in panic, David’s men in close and devastating pursuit. End Part III
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