Explore the Bible
June 17 2018
2 Samuel 5:9-12; 6:12-19 (CSB)
David the second king of Israel is one of the most prominent figures of Scripture.
In 2 Samuel 5-6 we read of David’s ascendancy to the throne of Israel as the God-ordained leader of His people.
There is much to take in from these chapters but three things to consider are that David recognized God honored God and celebrated God.
First David recognized that God placed him in the position of king and provided him what he needed to do the job well.
Second David honored God. When he heard God blessed Obed-edom’s family because of the ark of the covenant he went and had the ark moved to the city of David (Jerusalem). The king personally led the caravan which transported the Ark to the city “David was dancing with all his might before the LORD wearing a linen ephod. He and the whole house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of the ram’s horn” (2 Sam. 6:14-15).
And finally David celebrated God. Following the transportation of the ark to Jerusalem David led the people of Israel in celebrating the coming of the presence of the Lord. He offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to God before blessing the people of Israel and distributing food to the “entire Israelite community both men and women” (2 Sam. 6:19).
As Americans living in the 21st century we may find it hard to understand the role David played as king of Israel. After all we are a country established by separating from a monarchy.
But the kingdom of David was not like England of the 18th century. It was a kingdom comprised of God’s chosen people and led by a king who was ordained to lead it.
What an amazing picture it is to read how David danced with his people as the ark carrying the presence of God was brought into his city. His rule was not focused on himself but on leading God’s people. He led by example. David loved God and his dancing was an unashamed overflow of that love.