2 Samuel 5:3
There are so many lessons to be learned from David's life!
"So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel." (2 Samuel 5:3)
We know there were moments when David thought this day would never come. Remember when he told Jonathan he was only a step away from death? David fled to the Philistines twice because of fear for his life. But the LORD did for David exactly what He promised. As we have read the events of his life though, doesn't it seem to have taken a long time?
The lesson for me in David's finally becoming King of Israel is the manner in which he attained the position. David waited on the LORD rather than taking action himself, unlike Sarah and Abraham who thought God needed a little help fulfilling His promise of a son.
David rejected every opportunity to make himself king. How many times could he have taken Saul's life to achieve God's promise? Even when Ishbosheth (a man unfit or unable to fight the Philistines with his father and brothers) was declared the king of Israel, David refused to contend for the title.
I want to attribute my unwillingness to wait on a culture of instant gratification or being raised to believe "If you want it done right, do it yourself." But the truth is I am selfish. When I want something and think I should have it or deserve it, I want it right now. I certainly don't want to wait as long as David did to become king.
Psalm 27:14, a psalm of David says, "Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!" David didn't just say it; he lived it as he waited for the throne of Israel.
The first time the Hebrew word for "wait" is used in Scripture is Genesis 49:18. "I wait for your salvation, O LORD." Jacob makes this statement at the end of life as he is pronouncing a blessing on his sons. David uses the same word in Psalm 69:6, "Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me." The word "hope" and "wait" are the same Hebrew word. In Hebrews 9:28, we are told Christ Jesus is coming a second time "to save those who are eagerly waiting for him."
Sovereign King and my Lord, expectantly I wait for You to save me! Forgive me for waiting and hoping for Your future return but refusing to wait on You today. Forgive me for thinking I must act when it seems You are slow in doing so. I confess my impatience, selfishness, pride, and lust instead of waiting hopefully and expectantly for Your daily provision of all I need. Thank You for all the promises made to those who wait on You.
2 Samuel 5:12
"And David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel."
David knew it was God who elevated and established him as king. Man's natural tendency is to think his achievements are due to his wisdom or skill rather than the LORD raising him up for His purpose. David also knew God raised him up for His people's sake. Often leaders think they are to be the primary beneficiaries of their position rather than to be a benefit to others. This attitude is more evidence of David having a heart after God.