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READING: 2 Samuel 5-6 – King David Seizes Jerusalem, Defeats Philistines, & Moves Ark to Zion

The tribes of Israel came to David, and said, ‘We are your bone and flesh. While Saul was king, it was you who led out Israel. The LORD said to you: It is you who shall be shepherd of My people, you who shall be ruler over Israel.” King David made a covenant with them at Hebron, and they anointed David king over Israel. David was thirty years old when he began to reign; he reigned for forty years, over Judah seven years and six months and at Jerusalem over all Israel and Judah for thirty-three years. (2 Sam. 5:1-5) 

David then took Jerusalem from the Jebusites and made it his capital. He occupied the stronghold of Zion and named it The City of David. David built the city around Zion. King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David along with cedar trees and carpenters who built David a palace. 

The Philistines heard David was king over all of Israel and invaded Israel in the valley of Rephaim. David inquired of the LORD if he should go up against the Philistines. The LORD said He would deliver them into David’s hand. David defeated the Philistines, who fled from David, leaving their idols in their camp. David carried them away. The Philistines returned to the Valley of Rephaim. Again, David inquired of the LORD what he should do. The LORD sent him around, so David attacked them from the rear. This time, he pursued them from Geba to Gezer. 

David gathered thirty thousand chosen men to go with him to bring the ark from Kiriath-jearim where it was left after the Philistines had sent it back to Israel after they had captured it in 1 Samuel 7:1-2; see also 1 Chronicles 13:5. David and Israel celebrated with all their might before the ark of the LORD – until the oxen stumbled and Uzzah put out his hand to steady the ark in its new cart. Uzzah died and David was angry with the LORD. In 1 Chronicles 15:2 David said only the Levites were to carry the ark. He had the priests and Levites to consecrate themselves to bring the ark to the City of David where he had prepared a tent for it. He also assembled all of Israel to join in the procession. He said, “The LORD broke out against us because we did not seek Him according to the rule.” 

The first attempt to move the ark was a military expedition; the second involved the worship leaders and the entire nation. That is the difference and the reason for breaking out against Uzzah. David first blamed God; later, he blamed himself for not seeking counsel from the Lord before moving the ark of the Lord’s Covenant with Israel. David consulted the LORD before going into battle. He did not consult Him in moving the Ark of the LORD. When David turned to the LORD, he learned how to move the Ark. 

David learned an important lesson. Do we need that same lesson? 



Lord, help me to learn the lesson David learned. Teach me to consult You in prayer and in Your word, is my prayer, in His Name, AMEN 

MY PRAYER FOR YOU (and for myself) 

Father, my prayer for those who read this devotional is that we learn to look to You for guidance for all our work. Let us all learn to seek Your guidance through prayer and in Your Word. Teach us to listen for your voice is my prayer, in the name of Jesus, AMEN. 

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