2 Samuel 5:1-16
At the age of 30, the elders of Judah made David their king. Seven and a half years later, following the death of Ishbosheth, all the elders of the tribes of Israel came and made David their king. Samuel’s prophecy was finally fulfilled. We are told at this time that David would ultimately reign 40 years, seven and a half as king of Judah and 33 as king of all Israel.
One of the first things he did was to go and conquer the city of Jerusalem. This city was held by the Jebusites and sat between the borders of Judah and the rest of Israel. The people of Judah had never been able to drive them out, however David was victorious and not only took over the city but made it his capital. It was renamed the City of David and they began rebuilding the city.
The king of Tyre, Hiram, sent supplies and skilled workers to help build a beautiful palace for David. This signaled that they recognized David as a leader of a nation, not just a small group. By recognizing David’s authority, Hiram was letting them know he considered them equals and would like to live in peace.
Finally David has become the king that Samuel prophesied all those years ago. Do you think it was hard to wait? Do you think David got impatient? I’m sure he did. Some of the Psalms he wrote talk about how sad he felt. But when the time was right, it all happened peacefully and David was given great victory. We can remember David’s years of waiting when we struggle to be patient and put our trust in God’s timing!
When do you struggle to be patient? What can you do to help yourself be more patient as you wait for something?