Kinsmen of Saul joined David even while he was at Ziklag serving with Achish King of Gath. National leaders began to flock to David in his exile. Some of those serving with the Philistines returned with David. Look again at the list of Jesus’ 12 disciples. You will find similar men.
“… For there was joy in Israel.”
So the exiles, really only a handful of Israelites, had returned to a broken Jerusalem, a temple destroyed and needing to be rebuilt.
What does the Holy Spirit have for them in this passage?
God reminds them of David.
Israelites reading this were struggling with sorrow, with lamentations. They had spent seventy years weeping by the rivers of Babylon!
But here God points them to joy.
That as God raised up David and gave to him a great army, the coming Messiah (see the testimony of both the woman and Jesus in John 4, at the well of Jacob) would bring about joy in Israel, amongst God’s people, in a true and better way even than from David.
These passages by looking back helped the exiles, and help us today, to look forward!
For us, it is looking forward to that glorious day in the new heavens and new earth – When our God will dwell with us in all fulfilment, and we with Him, His people. No more crying, no more weeping and lamentations. The rebuilt kingdom in truth!
* Father God,
Thank You for pointing us back to David and Your building of his kingdom Lord God.
Please teach us what You want for us today.