In 2 Samuel 5, David is appointed king, something that had been declared about him many years before. While his appointment is clearly a huge focus of the chapter, to me what stands as a greater theme is found in verse 10: “And David became greater and greater, for the Lord, the God of hosts, was with him.” (ESV) I would argue that this verse truly encapsulates what we see from David’s appointment as king: God Himself is the one who provided this leadership opportunity. And more than that: God was going to use this leadership opportunity for his purposes.
David himself acknowledged God’s role in verse 12: “And David knew that the Lord had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.” (ESV) The main principle we can take from this chapter is that David recognized that was God was in control of his leadership, and that David sought to obey God’s leadership through his own leadership.
We can gain a lot from this perspective in our own lives. How often do you acknowledge that the place God has you was established by Him for His glory and honor? How often do you seek God’s will in making decisions and going about your day to day actions? All of this reveals whether God is truly at the center of your heart.
Like David, may we seek to be people that are after God’s heart.
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate