(17 verses, 1:52 to read)
What I am about to READ
David defeats His Enemies
- 1-13: List of David’s Victories
- 14-17: Order of society. This includes government, administrators, officials in service of the king, and priests.
- Notice that the historical records of defeat are not divorced from the theological point: “the Lord gave victory to David wherever he went.”
- Vs. 14-17 are good for us to consider. Because of sin, there will always be injustice. Protection against injustice always needs to be intentional. Consider the order mentioned here for a flourishing kingdom. We pray that the family, the government, and the Church are protected from injustice and inequity!
- Vs. 1 is a nice summary of the entire chapter: “After this David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and he took Gath and its villages out of the hand of the Philistines.” “Defeated the Philistines,” the text says. The perpetual, problematic, powerful,harmful, evil Philistines. The simplicity of this verse is good for us to meditate on. Our powerful, problematic, evil enemies (including our very own flesh!) were defeated by our Jesus on His cross and we have the promise that all our enemies will bow their knee to Him and be subdued under His feet on the Last Day. We have been brought into His kingdom by His grace and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness.
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC