David’s coronation as king of all Israel had four stages. He established the covenant under God; He seized Jerusalem as his capital; He enjoyed personal prominence; He defended Israel against foreign enemies.
Today, Additional Lessons We Can Learn. First, in David’s reign God established a king, a kingdom and a city, all symbolic of his everlasting rule. David foreshadowed the Christ; his kingdom the church; and the New Jerusalem, the eternal home of God’s people. So much for those who think the past has nothing to teach us; and certainly has no future use.
Second, the value of preparation in serving God. For at least ten years David had anticipated his coronation. He had sometimes been close enough to feel himself crowned; and sometimes so far away it seemed never to come.
But it did, as God planned. Think of it: he came to full authority at a time when age had matured his views, but long before it robbed him of the energy necessary to implement them. God had worked it out, through the bad times and good; through dreary days in the desert strongholds; through delays and setbacks. God can always be trusted. If he has only one speed—His—that deliberate speed never fails to fulfill his purpose. And if the Master’s Return is delayed, let God’s work with David assure us that its very delay guarantees its eventuality!
Third, God always establishes a visible evidence of his Presence. James Garfield once defined a university as educator Mark Hopkins sitting on one end of a log with a student at the other. David defined the kingdom of God as GOD ALMIGHTY the teacher and himself the Student. The church isn’t quite like that. It starts with individuals committing to Jesus, who then become part of a group of people called a church. Jesus is the head of that Body. As we can’t have a body without a HEAD, we can’t see Jesus as a HEAD without his BODY!
Fourth, God’s provision in every crisis. God didn’t give Jerusalem to David. He had to TAKE it. He didn’t give it. He had to EARN it. The only thing God GIVES is GRACE that forgives our sins. Everything afterwards as disciples is earned by effort. Let us thank God we can’t earn forgiveness. But let us also devote ourselves to doing the good works God from the first intended us to do Ephesians 2:10.
Here again we perversely reverse it. We want to EARN our way to God—hoping our good deeds will surpass our sins. But we aren’t interested in being fruitful disciples. We want to do what God alone can to save us. We don’t want to do what we must to be Christians. How perverse even believers are.
A closing thought: As Roman historian Tacitus wrote, “Defeat in battle starts always with the eyes.” Germania, p. 137. Thus, the old saying is true: when facing a challenge, whether we think we CAN, or think we CAN’T, we’re probably right. But David never saw a challenge he considered beyond God’s control. His coronation brought a new, vigorous spiritual energy to Israel. The birth of Jesus re-activated it in himself. He continues to fuel his people with immeasurable success if we continue in faithful service. Fini
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