1 Chronicles 11
-Following the death of Saul, David finally allowed Israel to gather to him at Hebron and anoint him king over Israel as Samuel the prophet had predicted according to the word of the LORD some 20 years before. The Chronicles describe him as a better leader of the people even when Saul was alive in the sight of the Hebrews, but David respected the God-given authority of Saul and never rebelled against him (1 Chronicles 11:2). “So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the LORD; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the LORD through Samuel (1 Chronicles 11:3).” *Application* Good things come to not only those who wait, but do things the right way as we see in the example of King David. He respected his authority even when it didn’t seem feasible, and even when that authority was attempting to kill him in jealous rage (1 Samuel 18:7-16; 19:10; 20:33; 23:15-24:22; 26:7-25). How patient are we when faced with waiting in obedience under corrupt authority? This is a difficult process we can all admit. When the time comes, God will release you to do His will and prosper in His blessings just like David. Until that time, serve God fearless of man doing the right things.
-Although this text does not state it here, David ruled from Hebron for seven full years and six months before Israel’s taking of Jerusalem for the nation’s capital (2 Samuel 2:11; 5:5, 1 Kings 2:11, 1 Chronicles 3:4). The Jebusites were the inhabitants of this land who had to be conquered if the Israelites were to make this city their holy habitation. David and his mighty men nevertheless captured the stronghold of Zion (that is the City of David) and made it their own according to God’s plan and will (1 Chronicles 11:4-5). This is where Joab earned his status as the chief and commander of the army of Israel by being the first to strike down a Jebusite (1 Chronicles 11:6). It was after this conflict that David dwelt in the stronghold and the rest of the city was repaired as the new and improved capital of the kingdom. Jerusalem sets near the center of the Promised Land and has good natural protection with a high eastern and southern ridge overlooking the Kidron Valley making it difficult to attack. “David became greater and greater, for the LORD was with him (1 Chronicles 11:9).”
-The rest of the chapter lists out the mighty men of David’s army and some of their accomplishments of incredible valor and loyalty. *Application* This is a reminder that when we accomplish something, it is never done alone. There was great teamwork and loyal participation to the making of this great king in Israel. David could have never done it alone. Plus, he had God with him because he followed after his LORD with all his heart (1 Kings 14:8). Work together and trust in the LORD! He is with those who do!
Verse to Memorize: 1 Chronicles 11:3