Immediately the kingdom is secure, David seeks to bring back the Ark. David looks for the wisdom of God in his dealings with his enemies and friends. David’s worldly success arose after years of faithfulness to the Lord, a faithfulness that stood firm when for those many years it looked like it was a waste of time. Be encouraged to continue faithful with God, even though it has brought you no worldly success to this point.
“And they left their gods there, and David gave command, and they were burned.” v12
What a king David was! Unlike the majority of kings that come after him (and Saul before him), David had a zero-tolerance policy on the gods of other nations.
We know the destruction idolatry causes. We know the first commandment, Have no other gods but ME!
How wonderful it is then that God Himself is our King that we follow. We do not have to worry about our king straying to other idols, He is God, there is no other!
Let’s be encouraged and convicted with Pauls’ words to the Corinthian church in 1 Cor 10, v13-14, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.”
Because God is faithful, we are called to flee from idolatry! Because He provides a way of escape from temptation, we are called to flee from idolatry!
Let’s follow David’s example, to be singular in our devotion to the Lord. Oh that our hearts would be after His heart!