1 Chronicles 18
-This chapter recounts all of David’s military exploits during his reign in summary with all the tribute that he was able to collect, which would aid in the Temple project of his son Solomon. The Philistines were defeated and subdued in the western area of Gath. This had been Saul’s continual nemesis and a strong resistance to God’s development of the Promised Land. Moab to the east of the Jordan and Dead Sea area was defeated, along with Zobah, Hamath, and the Arameans to the north up by the Euphrates River and Damascus (1 Chronicles 18:1-6). All of these brought tribute and served King David. The common theme was, “The LORD helped David wherever he went (1 Chronicles 18:6, 13). He made alliances and wielded strong political force for the nation of Israel. He reigned over all of Israel administering justice and righteousness for all his people (1 Chronicles 18:14). The ending of the chapter lists some of his assistants and higher ups in the offices of importance (1 Chronicles 18:15-17). *Application* Justice and righteousness exalts any nation (Deuteronomy 16:20, Proverbs 14:34). Just as David did for his people, we should be concerned for fairness and equity under the rule of God for ALL people over which we have dominion. God does not play favorites, that is for sure (2 Chronicles 19:7, Job 34:19, Acts 10:34, Romans 2:11, Galatians 2:6, Ephesians 6:9, Colossians 3:25, 1 Peter 1:17). This is yet another example of how David was a man after God’s own heart. Are we impartial when it comes to our authority over others, or do we sometimes give some favor over others for no substantial reason? Live with righteousness and justice flowing from you. The LORD will be with you and help you wherever you go.
Verse to Memorize: 1 Chronicles 18:14