“Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron, and said, “Look, we are your bone and flesh. For some time, while Saul was king over us, it was you who led out Israel and brought it in. The Lord said to you: It is you who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you who shall be ruler over Israel.” So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron; and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. At Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months; and at Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.” (II Samuel 5:1-5)
I have never become a royal ruler over anything. And unless I am mistaken, I don’t think you have become a royal ruler either – if you have, my extreme apologizes your majesty! So we, you and I, do not know what it is like to have a large group of people come to you and say “rule us!” It may be something like getting hired to run a large company or organization. In my job, every once in a while I am taken aback by the fact that people depend on me for their livelihood and daily needs. Magnify that by about 100 times and we may be approaching what David felt.
I will clue you in on something, beloved reader. David did not always do a perfect job of being king. We will learn about that as we journey through the days and weeks ahead. But here and now, in this passage of scripture, we have young David who is still in his prime and feels the blessing of the Lord upon him.
“David occupied the stronghold, and named it the city of David. David built the city all around from the Millo inward. And David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him.” (Verses 9-10)
But is that all there is for us, beloved reader? Looking on as David comes to power? No. We may not rule over a kingdom (again, if your life is much different than imagine, my apologizes) nor even a large corporation that is in involved in and upholds the lives of hundreds of people. But what we do no less influences the world than what kings and rules do. And we need to be just as responsible and attentive to what we do as King David needed to. Where he faltered, we can learn. Where he made missteps, we can make better choices. Where he was tempted, we can resist the temptation that is in our lives. At least . . . that is what we hope.
But we know, and we must know this, we will make our own mistakes, yield to the temptations that come in to our lives, and stray away from where God is leading us. We are human, just as David was human. But we can have the Lord, “the God of hosts” with us just as David did. We can rule over our own “little kingdom” which is made up of our life and the lives of family and friends. May you beloved reader make a covenant between yourself and your God to do what is right and good in the eyes of the Lord. Selah!