1 Chronicles 14 (NLT)
David’s Palace and Family
1 Then King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar timber, and stonemasons and carpenters to build him a palace.
David has not only won over all the people of Israel, he has established a good relationship with a neighboring king. This particular political alliance with Hiram will benefit David in several ways during his reign.
2And David realized that the Lord had confirmed him as king over Israel and had greatly blessed his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.
Every believer is part of God’s continuing plan for the redemption of the world. David wisely realizes that his kingdom is established for the sake of his people Israel. David had been lifted up for the purpose of blessing the people of God. So it is with every gift we Christians enjoy; let us spur each other on to exercise our gifts for the sake of the kingdom of God both now and forever.
3 Then David married more wives in Jerusalem, and they had more sons and daughters. 4 These are the names of David’s sons who were born in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5 Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 6 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 7 Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet.
No doubt the people of the day saw all these wives and children as a sign of God’s favor. Yet David’s choices were contrary to God’s instructions for kings and ended up bringing him strife, jealousy, and even murder within his family.
Deuteronomy 17:14-17 (ESV)
When you come to the land that the LORD your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, ‘I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,’ you may indeed set a king over you whom the LORD your God will choose. One from among your brothers you shall set as king over you. You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. Only he must not acquire many horses for himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the LORD has said to you, ‘You shall never return that way again.’ And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.
David Conquers the Philistines
8 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, they mobilized all their forces to capture him. But David was told they were coming, so he marched out to meet them. 9 The Philistines arrived and made a raid in the valley of Rephaim. 10So David asked God, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?”
This is why David could be called “a man after God’s own heart.” He asked the Lord for guidance.
The Lord replied, “Yes, go ahead. I will hand them over to you.”
11 So David and his troops went up to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “God did it!” David exclaimed. “He used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So they named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”). 12 The Philistines had abandoned their gods there, so David gave orders to burn them.
The Philistines had brought their gods to battle thinking it would bring them advantage over the Israelites, but their gods made with hands were no match for the true God, the creator of heaven and earth.
13 But after a while the Philistines returned and raided the valley again. 14 And once again David asked God what to do.
Again David inquires of the Lord. He could have thought, “Same song, second verse,” and done it the same way as before. But God had a different idea for this situation:
“Do not attack them straight on,” God replied. “Instead, circle around behind and attack them near the poplar trees. 15 When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, go out and attack! That will be the signal that God is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.”
The exact species of tree here is unclear. Other translations call it mulberry, or balsam.
“It was not merely a fitful breeze stealing through the leaves; it was not the going of the wind; but of angel squadrons who were proceeding against the enemies of Israel.”
–F. B. Meyer
16 So David did what God commanded, and they struck down the Philistine army all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.
17 So David’s fame spread everywhere, and the Lord caused all the nations to fear David.
HERE is a change of pace: “Wind in the Trees” played on the guitar by the amazing and excellent musician Joe Satriani. Joe is a performer and a teacher; he has the dubious distinction of having been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards and never winning any! After listening to him play, you will realize that the Grammy people have made a big mistake!
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