KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 4:10 When one told me, saying, Behold, Saul is dead, thinking to have brought good tidings, I took hold of him, and slew him in Ziklag, who thought that I would have given him a reward for his tidings:
Two gentlemen who were captains for Ishbosheth went into his chamber one afternoon and killed him. (2nd Sam.4:7& 8)They cut off his head and brought it to David thinking King David would praise them for their effort.
King David never condoned wickedness. He asked his young men to slay these two men (2 Samuel 4:11-12)
All these deaths were God’s judgement on the household of Saul. They happened so the throne of David could be fully established without any resistance. The life of David teaches us something amazing. He never rejoiced over the death of any of the family members of Saul. David kept a clean heart devoid of bitterness. He allowed God to do what He the Lord would do, yet he (David) never gave room for bitterness. Dear child of God your kind heartedness towards your enemies would not stop God’s judgement and punishment for them if they don’t repent. Bitterness always places you cheaply in the hands of the enemy. Hebrews 12:15 reads “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you and thereby many be defiled”
Bitterness in your heart will cause you to fail of the grace of God. This implies devoid of supernatural assistance and provision. The man who expresses true love and kindness towards all men, even when he has been wrongly treated, always receives grace or divine supply to continue excelling.
In 2nd Samuel 5:3 all the tribes of Israel came to David and anointed him king for the third time. He was anointed king by Samuel in the house of Jesse (1st Sam 16:13).For the second time, the tribes of Judah anointed him king in Hebron (2 Samuel 2:4). The other tribes of Judah could not have anointed David if people like, Ishbosheth were still around.
David had a lot of good will from his people and some neighbors like the king of Tyre, who brought cedar wood, carpenters and masons for David’s house. In the midst of all these good will the Philistines came up against Israel. David enquired of the Lord and defeated them. They came a second time but the Lord showed David a new approach to fight this time. God does not have one way in doing his things. We need to consult him each step of the way. Don’t assume he would use the last approach.
I have the Spirit of God and I am free of bitterness towards all persons. God’s favor abounds towards me and my life is a stream of success because I continually depend on the Lord.
2 Samuel 5:19 “And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? Wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand”.
2 Samuel 5:22-23 And the Philistines came up yet again, and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.
And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.