Here we read a tremendous story of David and really see his heart for God. In 1 Samuel 16, David was anointed King and then in 1 Samuel 17 he defeated Goliath. After this, Saul, seeing that God anointed David to be king, sought to kill him and David escaped because of Jonathan and ran for his life for years… There is no doubt that David felt like he might never reach where God had called him to.
In 2 Samuel 1 David is lamenting the death of Saul and Jonathan (his best friend) and then in 2 Samuel 2 David is anointed the King of Judah. But look at how 2 Samuel 2 opens up… “After this David inquired of the Lord…” I am sure David was homesick but he did not make a move until he asked God. God honored this. God directed him and showed him where to go (v. 2-4).
Then David found out who buried the former King Saul, who tried to kill him. He sent them a messenger to care for them and bless them for what they had done. This was a noble thing of him to do. But on the other side of the kingdom Saul’s former commander was raising up a rival king to rule, Saul’s son. Though David could have acted on this, he did not. He trusted it to the Lord.
What sticks out to me the most in this passage is the way that David trusted in the Lord. He trusted in Him so much that David did not move a muscle without consulting God. Going to God with everything in my life for direction is not a natural rhythm… it is a learned rhythm.
- Make a list of what you need God’s direction in.
- Commit to pray for it everyday.
- ACTUALLY pray… don’t just “pray”
- Watch God direct.
It’s like David said in Psalm 27:8-9a, “You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” 9 Hide not your face from me.” Let’s seek God’s face this week… not simply His hand.
By: Nick Parsons — Pastoral Ministry Associate: College