READING: 2 SAMUEL 5
After the death of King Saul, David was publicly anointed in Hebron as king over Judah and Benjamin. The northern 10 tribes of Israel, however, continued for seven years and six months to support the house of Saul, but the house of David continued to grow in strength. With the death of Saul’s son Ishbosheth, the 10 tribes of Israel gathered at Hebron and anointed David as king over all Israel. David defeated the Jebusites and made Jerusalem his capital city. He then decisively defeated Israel’s longstanding Philistine enemies by inquiring of the Lord and obediently carrying out God’s instructions.
Prayer: Lord, Your servant David illustrates the fact that patient obedience and dependence on You is the pathway of life. May I wait upon You, depend upon Your timing and strength, and obey all that You tell me to do.
Meditation passage: verses 2, 12
Previously, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and in. And the Lord said to you, “You will shepherd My people Israel, and you will be a ruler over Israel.” (verse 2)
And David realized that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted his kingdom for the sake of His people Israel. (verse 12)