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04
March
2011

King David

1 These are the last words of David:
“The inspired utterance of David son of Jesse,
the utterance of the man exalted by the Most High,
the man anointed by the God of Jacob,
the hero of Israel's songs:
2 Samuel 23:1 (NIV)

David - means beloved - was a Shepard, a soldier, a military commander an artist: poet, singer, dancer and musician. He was a king by God Almighty's choice, the King of Israel that brought unity within the Land of Israel - Israel=Yisra'el=God's warrior - and peace at his borders. Who was he and what was so special about him?

2 “The Spirit of the LORD spoke through me;
his word was on my tongue.
3 The God of Israel spoke,
the Rock of Israel said to me:

'When one rules over people in righteousness,
when he rules in the fear of God,
4 he is like the light of morning at sunrise
on a cloudless morning,
like the brightness after rain
that brings grass from the earth.’

5 “If my house were not right with God,
surely he would not have made with me an everlasting covenant,
arranged and secured in every part;
surely he would not bring to fruition my salvation
and grant me my every desire.
2 Samuel 23:2-5 (NIV)


God's choice

What was so different about this man David, the youngest of his brothers, that God choose him to become the king of Israel?

12 ... He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.
[New King James Version:
Now he was ruddy, with bright eyes, and good-looking.]

18 ... “Look, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, who is skillful in playing, a mighty man of valor, a man of war, prudent in speech, and a handsome person; and the LORD is with him.”

14 But the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a distressing spirit from the LORD troubled him. ...
23 And so it was, ... that David would take a harp and play it with his hand. Then Saul would become refreshed and well, and the distressing spirit would depart from him. 
1 Samuel 16:12-23 (NKJV)

God sent out the prophet Samuel to anoint David, a Sheppard for his father, to be king over his people.

1 The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”

7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the  h e a r t.”

12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. ...

Then the LORD said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”

13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.
1 Samuel 16:1,7,12-13

From than on, as far as God was concerned David was king, but he had to take his rightful place on the throne. The way to get there was a hard and difficult, but also a good learning experience for David. For God Almighty is a true and good Father that gave his children life in order for them to learn from him. Lessons he gives his children in real life, Jeremiah 35:13:

13 “This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, 'Will you not l e a r n a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the LORD.

What did he have to learn one might ask? What about to be humble, to obedient to God and his cause, to trust God in everything, to be grateful, to be both generous as firm.

But before David there was Judah one of the twelve sons of Jacob, to whom God gave the name Israel,
27 The man asked him, “What is your name?” “Jacob,” he answered.
28 Then the man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but I s r a e l,[a] because you have struggled with God and with humans and have overcome.”
Genesis 32:27-28 [a: Israel probably means, he struggles with God]

King David was a descendant of Judah. The blessing God gave Jacob for his son Judah:
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his.
Genesis 49:10


God's commands

King David followed all God's commands, his law.
5 For David had done what was right in the eyes of the LORD and had not failed to keep any of the LORD's commands all the days of his life—except in the case of Uriah the Hittite.
1 Kings 15:5

8 I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.”
Psalm 40:8

So much so, that he said in his prayer, Psalm 26:2,
1 Vindicate me, LORD, for I have led a blameless life;
I have trusted in the LORD and have not faltered. 
2 Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind
3 for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love
and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.

So he followed the commands God gave earlier for those who were to become kings of Israel as written in Deuteronomy 17:14-20

14 When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you and have taken possession of it and settled in it, and you say, “Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,” 15 be sure to appoint over you a king the LORD your God chooses. He must be from among your fellow Israelites. Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not an Israelite. 16 The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the LORD has told you, “You are not to go back that way again.” 17 He must not take many wives, or his heart will be led astray. He must not accumulate large amounts of silver and gold.

18 When he takes the throne of his kingdom, he is to write for himself on a scroll a copy of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. 19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees 20 and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law to the right or to the left. Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.

So how was King David like during his rule? Psalm 101, written by David, gives a clear indication.

1 I will sing of your love and justice; to you, LORD, I will sing praise.
2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life — when will you come to me?

I will conduct the affairs of my house with a blameless heart.
3 I will not look with approval on anything that is vile.

I hate what faithless people do; I will have no part in it.
4 The perverse of heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with what is evil.

5 Whoever slanders their neighbor in secret, I will put to silence;
whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, I will not tolerate.

6 My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me;
the one whose walk is blameless will minister to me.

7 No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house;
no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence.

8 Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land;
I will cut off every evildoer from the city of the LORD.

When was David crowned king?


Crowned king

David crowned king of Judah.
1 In the course of time, David inquired of the LORD. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked.
The LORD said, “Go up.”
David asked, “Where shall I go?”
“To H e b r o n,” the LORD answered. 
2 So David went up there with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 3 David also took the men who were with him, each with his family, and they settled in Hebron and its towns. 4 Then the men of Judah came to Hebron, and there they anointed David king over the tribe of Judah. ...
10 ... The tribe of Judah, however, remained loyal to David. 11 The length of time David was king in Hebron over Judah was seven years and six months.
2 Samuel 2:1-10

Meanwhile the house of Saul with his son Ish-Bosheth as king over Israel and Abner as the leader of his troups were still at war with King David of Judah, 2 Samuel 3:1:
1 The war between the house of Saul and the house of David lasted a long time. David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.

After Ish-Bosheth was murdered by two man of Benjamin working for him, whom in turn were punished by King David, the Israelites wanted King David to became their king.  
1 All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. 2 In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the LORD said to you, 'You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.'"
3 When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant with them at Hebron before the LORD, and they anointed David king over Israel.
4 David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. 5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.
2 Samuel 5:1-4

After this King David's struggle, for which he succeeded, started to rule over Jerusalem, the rest of the territory of Israel and to bring peace at Israel's borders. 


Gods promise

King David received a promise from God, 2 Samuel chapter 7. This passage also tells us about King David prayer to thank God. God's promise:
... 12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. 15 But my  l o v e  will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Your  h o u s e  and your  k i n g d o m  will endure forever before me; your  t h r o n e  will be established  f o r e v e r.' ...

King David's prayer:
... 22 “How great you are, Sovereign LORD! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. ...


Safe with him

King David offered safety to those with him, even those in his neighborhood. Examples:
- To the 400 man who joined him when he was hiding in a cave from Saul, who was trying to kill him. These were the man who under David's leadership later became David's Heros (2 Samuel 23:8-39, amongst other passages). And he brought his parents to safety elsewhere. 1 Samuel 22: 1-5 tells us:
1 David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father's household heard about it, they went down to him there. 2 All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.
3 From there David went to Mizpah in Moab and said to the king of Moab, “Would you let my father and mother come and stay with you until I learn what God will do for me?” 4 ... 5 But the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold. Go into the land of Judah.” So David left and went to the forest of Hereth.

- In the story of Abiathar, 1 Samuel 22, even thought David himself was hiding for Saul. Notice the following verses:
20 But one son of Ahimelek son of Ahitub, named Abiathar, escaped and fled to join David. ... 23 Stay with me; don't be afraid. The man who wants to kill you is trying to kill me too. You will be  s a f e  with me.”

- In the story of Abigail, David and his man were a wall to the servants of her husband, 1 Samuel 25, as we can read in the following verses:
15 Yet these men were very good to us. They did not mistreat us, and the whole time we were out in the fields near them nothing was missing. 16 Night and day they were a w a l l around us the whole time we were herding our sheep near them. 
Often they say about the military, that they are standing on the walls so the rest of the people can be safe. Of these man it is written, they were the wall.

- In the case of Ittai that wanted to join King David when he was fleeing Jerusalem because his son Absalom wanted to kill him to become king, 2 Samuel 15:19-22:
19 The king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why should you come along with us? Go back and stay with King Absalom. You are a foreigner, an exile from your homeland. 20 You came only yesterday. And today shall I make you wander about with us, when I do not know where I am going? Go back, and take your people with you. May the LORD show you kindness and faithfulness.”
21 But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the LORD lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.”
22 David said to Ittai, “Go ahead, march on.” So Ittai the Gittite marched on with all his men and the families that were with him.
This passage also shows King David's treatment of non-Israelites, who because of that became loyal to him.


The case Uriah

King David followed all God's commands except in the case of Uriah the Hittite. He sent Uriah to the front line to die, so he could have his wife, Bathsheba, who later became the mother of Salomon. He did wrong. The prophet Nathan told him so. King David listen to him (he didn't murder the prophets like other kings did), had remorse, asked God for forgiveness and accepted his punishment. We can read about all this in 2 Samuel 11 and 12, amongst other passages. We can find his prayer of repentance in Psalm 51:

... 3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is always before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight;
so you are right in your verdict
and justified when you judge.
...
10 Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. ...


An example

King David is set as an example to all other kings by God as we can reed again and again in biblical scripture, like in the books of Kings and Chronicles. Both Salomon and Jeroboam did not take him as an example.

Salomon, was a wise king, for God Almighty himself gave him wisdom. But he himself did not listen to to given wisdom, neither followed the example of his father King David who did advise him concerning how he should rule with God's help, 1 Kings 2:1-4. God decided to tare part of the kingdom away from Salomon because of his transgressions. But God took his promise to David into account when he made his decisions.

12 Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. 13 Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.
1 Kings 11:13

Jeroboam also did not.
38 'If you do whatever I command you and walk in obedience to me and do what is right in my eyes by obeying my decrees and commands, as David my servant did, I will be with you. ...  39 I will humble David's descendants because of this, but n o t  f o r e v e r.'
1 Kings 11:38

8 I tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, but you have not been like my servant David, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes. 9 You have done more evil than all who lived before you. You have made for yourself other gods, idols made of metal; you have aroused my anger and turned your back on me.
1 Kings 14:8-9


Defeated the giant Goliath

11 For the LORD God is a sun and s h i e l d; the LORD bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.
12 LORD Almighty, blessed is the one who t r u s t s in you.
Psalm 84:11-12

King David faith and trust in God Almighty gave him the courage to act in the best way at the right moment. He always, except when he decided to flee to the territory of the Philistines when he was hiding from King Saul whom wanted to kill him, requested God's guidance also in battle. 1 Samuel 23. He always counted on God Almighty in every way. We can see this when he fought and defeated the giant Goliath as 1 Samuel 17 tells us:

... 4 A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span.[a] 5 He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels[b]; 6 on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. 7 His spear shaft was like a weaver's rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels.[c] ... [a:about 9 feet 9 inches or about 3 meters][b:about 125 pounds or about 58 kilograms][c:about 15 pounds or about 6.9 kilograms]

... 37 The LORD who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you.” ...

40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd's bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine. ...

42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him.
43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. ...

45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
46 This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day ... and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.
47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD's, and he will give all of you into our hands.” ...

50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.

He always expressed his gratefulness to God Almighty in his prayers.

26 “To the faithful you show yourself faithful,
to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
27 to the pure you show yourself pure,
...
29 You, LORD, are my lamp;
the LORD turns my darkness into light.
30 With your help I can advance against a troop;
with my God I can scale a wall.

31 “As for God, his way is perfect:
The LORD's word is flawless;
he shields all who take refuge in him.
32 For who is God besides the LORD?
And who is the Rock except our God?
33 It is God who arms me with strength
and keeps my way secure.
...
36 You make your saving help my shield;
your help has made me great.
37 You provide a broad path for my feet,
so that my ankles do not give way. ...
2 Samuel 22


Heroes: defeated giants

David is the only man recorded in history who wasn't afraid of fighting a giant and defeating a giant all by himself, 1 Samuel 17 (more about giants, reed:gods,angels and demons). And he also led his men, King David's Heroes, into battle and again defeated them as 2 Samuel 21:15-22 (1 Chronicles 20:4-8) tells us:

5 Once again there was a battle between the Philistines and Israel. David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines, and he became exhausted. 16 And Ishbi-Benob, one of the descendants of Rapha, whose bronze spearhead weighed three hundred shekels[a] and who was armed with a new sword, said he would kill David. 17 But Abishai son of Zeruiah came to David's rescue; he struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David's men swore to him, saying, “Never again will you go out with us to battle, so that the  l a m p  of Israel will not be extinguished.”

18 In the course of time, there was another battle with the Philistines, at Gob. At that time Sibbekai the Hushathite killed Saph, one of the descendants of Rapha.

19 In another battle with the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan son of Jair[b] the Bethlehemite killed the brother of[c] Goliath the Gittite, who had a spear with a shaft like a weaver's rod.

20 In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha. 21 When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimeah, David's brother, killed him.

22 These four were descendants of Rapha in Gath, and they fell at the hands of David and his men.

Who were these men? We can read about them in 1 Chronicles 12, 2 Samuel 23:8-391 Samuel 25 and 1 Samuel 22:1-2:

1 David left Gath and escaped to the cave of Adullam. When his brothers and his father's household heard about it, they went down to him there. 2 All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him.

And in 2 Samuel 1:1-3:
1 In the course of time, David inquired of the LORD. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked.
The LORD said, “Go up.”
David asked, “Where shall I go?”
“To H e b r o n,” the LORD answered.
2 So David went up there with his two wives, Ahinoam of Jezreel and Abigail, the widow of Nabal of Carmel. 3 David also took the men who were with him, each with his family, and they settled in Hebron and its towns.

1 Samuel 25:15-16 tells us:
15 Yet these men were very good to us. They did not mistreat us, and the whole time we were out in the fields near them nothing was missing. 16 Night and day they were a  w a l l  around us the whole time we were herding our sheep near them.


Shield 

What or whom did David consider to be his shield, even before he was King? As a Shepperd he also counted on God to shield him.

 

3 But you, LORD, are  a  s h i e l d  around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
Psalm 3:3-4

7 The LORD is my strength and my  s h i e l d;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.
Psalm 27:7

36 You make your saving help my s h i e l d;
your help has made me great.
2 Samuel 22:36

In King David's opinion and experience in his life: God is a shield to him but also to others. He counted on that too, and spoke, prayed about it.

4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your  s h i e l d  and rampart.
Psalm 91:4

9 All you  I s r a e l i t e s, trust in the LORD
he is their help and  s h i e l d.
10 House of Aaron, trust in the LORD
he is their help and s h i e l d.
11 You who fear him, trust in the LORD
he is their help and  s h i e l d.
Psalm 115:9-11

29 You, LORD, are my lamp;
the LORD turns my darkness into light.
30 With your help I can advance against a troop[a];
with my God I can scale a wall.

31 “As for God, his way is perfect:
The LORD's word is flawless;
he  s h i e l d s  all who take refuge in him.
2 Samuel 22:29-31

His shield as a tool in battle, was not the source of his strength in any way. Biblical scripture is very clear on this. Also on his devotion to God the Almighty Father, the most high God, whose commandments he obeyed in every way. As mentioned before. So from where the other version of King Davids shield in our modern time? Also referred to as Salomon's seal? Maybe Salomon's seal, for it was because of his wives he was not devoted to God Almighty. He allowed himself to be seduced by evil when he turned to the occult practices of his wives, 1 Kings 11. Which caused the rupture of the Kingdom of Israel into two Kingdoms. Although its written in the book of Proverbs chapter 2:7:

7 He holds success in store for the upright,
he is a shield to those whose emwalk is blameless,

Which one would actually be preferable? The LORD's word is flawless; And he also led his men, King David's Heroes, into battle and again defeated them as God Almighty himself as shield, or just a symbol, star of obscure occult origins, still in use by occultists with everything that comes with that? The choice, in King David's words:

10 Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and  s h i e l d;
the LORD bestows favor and honor;
Psalm 84:10-11


Fame

2no good thing does he withhold strongno good thing does he withhold strong And David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.
1 Chronicles 14:2

17 So David’s fame spread throughout every land, and the LORD made all the nations fear him.
1 Chronicles 14:17

8 I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have cut off all your enemies from before you. Now I will make your name like the names of the greatest men on earth.
1 Chronicles 17:8


The artist

David, the one who was genuinely dedicated to God the Father was a poet, a musician, a singer, a dancer, in two words an artist.

... 23 Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.
1 Samuel 16:19-23

To this day he is the most well known, the most read poet and his Psalms the most sang songs. His work has been a great source of inspiration to so many including artists through ages. 

Why would the Father who gave him all his talents in the first place, do this for him? David was faithful to him, knew him in all his ways - except in the case Uriah, but he did listen to the words of the prophet Nathan when he came to speak to him and he had remorse and stayed on God's pad for him, 2 Samuel chapters 11, 12 and Psalm 51 - and he wasn't ashamed in any way for the Almighty God, 2 Samuel 6:13-14 and 21-22, whom entrusted him with the music of his tabernacle, 2 Chronicles 29:25, 1 Chronicles 15 and 25.


The Tabernacle

King David brought the Tabernacle with the Ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, 2 Samuel 6:13-23:
14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, 
15 while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets. ...

17 They brought the ark of the LORD and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it,  and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before the LORD.
18 After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD Almighty. ...
21 I will celebrate before the LORD. ...

And he stationed musicians and singers for God's Tabernacle, also called the Tabernacle of David, 1 Kings 6:16-17, 1 Chronicles 15, 16, 25.

25 He stationed the Levites in the temple of the LORD with cymbals,
harps and lyres in the way prescribed by David
and Gad the king's seer and Nathan the prophet; this was commanded by the LORD through his prophets. 
26 So the Levites stood ready with David's instruments, and the priests with their trumpets. ...

2 Chronicles 29:25-30

This passage shows that for God the Father music that honers him is important to him. He loves it.


The Temple

King David bought the land on Mount Moriah from Arauna, after God made clear to him that he should to have The Temple build there, 2 Samuel 24:16-25. He made prepabr /emrations to build the Temple, w/phile God did not allow him to build it. But he did contribute to the necessary building materials and finances, and encourage the people to do the same, 1 Chronicles 29.
Why not build it? Because he had to much blood on his hands as 1 Chronicles 22:8 tells us. They say and it's written: live by the sword, die by the swordMatthew 26:52. But King David did not die by the sword as 1 Kings 2:10-11 (1 Chronicles 29:28) tells us. For God gave him who was a ruler the sword, Romans 13:4:
4 For the one in authority is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. ...

To contribute he gave away riches and encouraged the people of his kingdom to do so themselves, 1 Chronicles 29:
2 With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God ...
3 Besides, in my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided for this holy temple: ...
Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the LORD today?”

6 Then the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of the king's work gave willingly.

In doing this, King David also followed lets say the above mentioned guide lines God gave for the future kings of Israel. He also realized that whatever he had actually belonged to God. By the way God did tell him he would give him a son, Salomon (= peace) to build the Temple.
1 Chronicles 29
continuous:
10 David praised the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, saying,
“Praise be to you, LORD, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.
11 Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.

12 Wealth and honor come from you;
you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power

to exalt and give strength to all. 13 Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.

14 “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? 
Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.


House

11 The LORD swore an oath to David, a sure oath he will not revoke:
“One of your own descendants I will place on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant and the statutes I teach them,
then their sons will sit on your throne for ever and ever.”

13 For the LORD has chosen Z i o n, he has desired it for his d w e l l i n g, saying,
14 “This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.
15 I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor I will satisfy with food.
16 I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.

17 “Here I will make a horn[a] grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one.
18 I will clothe his enemies with shame, but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.”
Psalm 132:11-18 [a:horn symbolizes strong one, king]


God's heart

God, the Almighty Father chose him, a man after God's own heart, to be king over the Land Israel.

14 ... the LORD has sought out a man after his own  h e a r t  and appointed him ruler of his people, ...”
1 Samuel 13:14

20 He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.

21 “The LORD has dealt with me according to my righteousness;
according to the cleanness of my hands he has rewarded me.
22 For I have kept the ways of the LORD;
I am not guilty of turning from my God.
23 All his laws are before me;
I have not turned away from his decrees.
24 I have been blameless before him
and have kept myself from sin.
25 The LORD has rewarded me according to my righteousness,
according to my cleanness in his sight.
2 Samuel 22:20-25

God bless you,

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