And David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel (2 Samuel 5:12)
Have you ever thought about the purpose of your life? Is your life purpose driven? At some point in life, everyone poses similar questions to themselves. Some get answers, and some live their entire life without a sense of purpose. Christian calling begins with the essential realization of the God given purposes. God’s divine plans for us always make us a blessing to many. True acknowledgement of God’s purpose never domesticates God’s blessings, rather diverts them towards the welfare of others. King David’s life is one such example of a life well lived, and purpose driven. It was not David’s plan to become the king, but God chose to make him the king over Israel. In his wildest imagination, David might not have even thought of leaving his job as a shepherd. I assume that if God would not have sent Samuel to David’s father’s house to anoint the next king, then David would have remained just as a shepherd. The prophet Samuel looked beyond the general standard to anoint David as the king and accomplished God’s purposes by adhering to His voice.
In the Second Book of Samuel, it is beautifully described how David becomes the King over Israel and God establishes his kingdom. “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. David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. 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 Sam 5:3-5).
David’s kingdom became powerful as God gave him the strength as a king and empowered him with His presence (v. 10). Here the writer is very particular to mention in verse 11 that why David was made a King. “Then David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel” (v. 11). The underlying purpose of David’s kingship was to pass on God’s kindness and favor to His people. God wanted to bless people with the right leadership who would lead His people in His ways and provide them a peaceful time. David too understood that God has established the kingdom for the sake of His people. Later, God chose David’s bloodline to bring forth the Messiah for the sake of all humanity. Do we still catch hold of God’s purposes when we are at the peak of success? When we are found amidst the abundance of God’s blessing, how do we respond to His purposes?
Quote of the Day: “If God is your partner, make your plans BIG!” (D.L. Moody)
Prayer of the Day: “Dear God, let our lives be a reflection of your purposes.”