1 Chronicles 12
-Chapter 12 describes the ones who came to David both in Ziklag (a city in Philistia where David had escaped to hide from Saul), during his time in waiting for the throne of Israel, and when he received his kingdom in Hebron. The key verse is twenty-two: “For day by day men came to David to help him, until there was a great army like the army of God.” This indicates, it was a slow and steady process of finding favor with the people of Israel. People came to him; he didn’t have to struggle and strive to search them out. God was in it and prospered this movement to make him the king according to the word of the LORD (1 Chronicles 12:23). All twelve tribes are listed as lending support with mighty strength and power, and when Saul was vanquished, there was a newfound unity and joy in the nation with a perfect heart under their ruler whom God had consecrated (1 Chronicles 12:38-40). *Application* Here in this new work that we have started by the word of the LORD, we find many similarities to this biblical and historical narrative. Any work of the LORD will take time and must be done the proper way according to His plans and His purposes. The LORD will bring people, strong people, to help in your time of need. Fortify the troops! Have the same mind! Prepare for spiritual warfare! Celebrate and have the joy of the LORD indeed! We fight through the victory He has laid claim of at the cross! Be the army of God!
Verse to Memorize: 1 Chronicles 12:22