CHARACTER STUDY: KING DAVID 32

KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 19:9 And all the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, the king saved us out of the hand of our enemies, and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled out of the land for Absalom.

Please read through 2nd Samuel 19:9-43. After the death of Absalom, the whole of Israel started talking about the need to get the king back. In verse 10 they said “And Absalom, whom we anointed over us is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back? Why did these people quickly anoint Absalom as king when they knew David was the anointed king.? David’s sin had thrown the whole country under the spell of the devil, who moved them to anoint Absalom as king. May we learn to be very careful about the way we lead our lives. One simple act of sin can cause so much trouble to you.

King David needed to win God’s favour to establish him as king again. Just consider what he did. He did not ask his men to come along and go occupy the palace. He sent the message to the elders of Judah to officially send a word to him. 2nd Samuel 19:17 “And king David sent to Zadok and Abiathar the priests saying speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, why are ye the last to bring the king back to his house? Seeing the speech of all Israel is come to the king, even to his house”. What prevented king David from just going to his house and taking his place as king…? David had learnt his lesson. He will not use his will and position to act independent of the will of God. He waited for the people to willingly ask him to come to take over the throne. Many of us do a lot of things out of over ambition. This does not mean we must not take advantage of opportunities. David had gone into that condition because he erred against God and must seek God’s approval before taking any step. When we faulter before God we must likewise humble ourselves before God so he will lift us up”. The whole idea is to humble ourselves before God. (Please read through James 4:6-8). James 4:6 says “But he gives more grace. Wherefore he says God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble”.

King David and his convoy met Shimei, the Benjamite who insulted and cast stones at him when David left Jerusalem. Abishai had wanted to go and slay him to avenge what Shemei did. Once again David was furious with Abishai and said no blood must be shed that day. David consistently did not want to fall out of favour with God. The actions of David terminated   God’s judgement. The Lord said   “the sword shall not leave his house”, but through a repentant heart, it stopped. Your humility before God and kind handling of people shall always attract God’s favor to you.

David made sure he never repeated his sin again. David’s sin was not just adultery and murder but PRIDE.

PRAYER

O Lord, open the eyes of the church to understand the dangers of pride and avoid it.

FURTHER STUDIES.

James 4:6-10 ” But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up”.

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