SAY WHAT? (What is the passage saying?)
- David is anointed king over Israel. God's promise to make David king over all Israel is now fulfilled.
- David captured Jerusalem (also called Zion) and made it the capital of Israel.
- When the Philistines learn that David is planning to unite all Israel, they try to stop him. They fail as David defeats the Philistines twice.
SO WHAT? (What are the underlying principles?)
- David did not become king over all Israel until he was 37 years old, although he had been promised the kingdom many years earlier (1 Samuel 16:13). During those years, David had to wait patiently for the fulfillment of God's promise.
- David fought his battles just the way God instructed him to. He inquired of God whether he should fight or not. He followed God's instructions in the battle. And he gave God the glory after the battle.
NOW WHAT? (How will you personally apply this passage?)
- If you feel pressured to achieve instant results and success, remember David's patience. Just as his time of waiting prepared him for this important task, a waiting period may help prepare you by strengthening your character.
- What battles are you facing right now? Go to God and seek His will for your particular situation. Handle it God's way by seeking wisdom from the Bible and wise people around you. And then acknowledge the help you received from God. Give Him the glory.