Now Hiram king of Tyre sent envoys to David, along with cedar logs and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built a palace for David. Then David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel. (2 Samuel 5:11-12 NIV)
The rise of David as recorded in the fifth chapter of 2 Samuel is incredible. Put in the context of David’s life to the point of the end of this chapter, his rise is even greater than that which took him from being a shepherd to being a captain in Saul’s army.
From King of Judah, now the rest of the tribes of Israel are at the place to recognise him as their King too. The reunification is complete. David is now King over all God’s chosen people.
Can the Jebusites stop him? After all they felt their city was well protected and were happy to boast about that. Yet David and his men were able to gain their city and turn it into his own city – the city of David. That city that the Jebusites thought was impregnable was strengthened even further by the rule of David because God was with him.
It’s fascinating how that was confirmed for David. The confirmation came through when another King recognised it and responded by sending top of the range material to build King David a palace. This was even greater than his rule in Hebron – Jerusalem was a step up as a city and now as a dwelling place. A step up paid for and put in place by another monarch who recognised God being with David.
Maybe the old enemy, the Philistines can stop him, right? Yet on two occasions godly consultation resulted in the enemy being defeated. The first had such an impact the enemy had to leave their idols behind as God broke out against them when they looked to hedge in David. The second defeat saw God give David strategic insight that allowed his army to baffle and entrap those who looked to entrap them. Whatever tactic the enemy has been outwitted by the Lord of Hosts.
In all this David was mindful to recognise this was the hand of God on His life. This was God pushing him up for the sake of His people to reflect His glory. At no point at this time is David of the inclination that this is a free ride for himself. David recognises that who God calls, He endorses and gives victory against all odds for His glory.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden