The closing scenes of David’s reign show the now familiar realism of saint and sinner. He moves from despotic self-interest to a shepherd ready lay down his life for the sheep and the temple is foreseen in David’s altar. God is revealed as unchanging in his justice and his mercy.
David’s songs are a commentary on his experience of the God who reigns and saves and to which David owes everything. They are words that are sung by all who depend on God for their salvation in a fallen world.
King David returns to Jerusalem with a less than enthusiastic reception yet his compassion and mercy appear to remain. The historical account of David’s reign winds down with his kingdom restless and divided, the sword ever present, yet God still faithfully working to fulfill his promises.
Through the twists and turns that has become the norm in King David’s household we see God painfully faithful to his word. His judgment remains on David’s house as Absalom rebels and David flees. Yet it is God who remains on the throne, and preserves David’s place on it, frustrating the usurpers, protecting his king and removing those who defy him.
In the ups and downs that we know in life, who calls the shots? How do you benefit by trusting God in the good and the bad?
In this sermon you will hear about how King David, high on worldly success and power and secure in his earthly position, demonstrates the all-pervading reaches of human depravity as he defies God’s law, defiles his marriage bed, deceives and destroys others. Yet in awesome contrast, God prefigures and demonstrates his judgement, grace and everlasting love, even through the death of a son.
In the sermon King David demonstrates how to be successful as a king in Israel by obeying God fully. He humbly and lavishly celebrates the presence of God as he brings the ark into the new capital of Israel. Yet it is God who will bless David through his promise to build his “house” into an everlasting kingship bringing blessing to his people. David’s ensuing strength, wisdom and justice give prompt testimony to the faithfulness of God’s promises.
In this sermon we hear about how Judah lays claim to David as their king while Saul’s crafty former general promotes his own puppet king. Through brutal blood lusting battles, betrayal, murder and revenge, opportunists swirl around David. This is contrasted against David’s honourable actions as he becomes more and more powerful because the Lord almighty was with him.
In the historical book of 2 Samuel from the Old Testament in the Bible, we enter the world of King David as he ascends to the throne of Israel as God’s chosen King. We see both his wisdom and foolishness, his pride and his humility, his amazing strength and hopeless weaknesses. We see a truly human leader who desperately needs the God who is with him.
This sermon shows that amidst the distress of Israel’s defeat and the death of their king, David does not seek to profit from the death of Saul his enemy. Rather, David’s public lament shows the depths of his love for Jonathan and respect for God’s anointed. We see David more concerned for the honour of Israel than his for his own honour, giving us hope of a good and humble king.