2 Samuel 1

Today's Passage: 2 Samuel 1

The Old Testament book of 2 Samuel continues 1 Samuel’s quest to showcase the sovereignty of God in David’s journey to be the king of Israel.

To review, the true reason that David’s kingship is so important from a biblical perspective is not because of David himself; it is because it is through the line of David that the true king, Jesus, would come. David’s kingdom is simply a shadow of the kingdom of Christ.

That is not to diminish the importance of David; it is an effort to frame the importance of David correctly.

In 2 Samuel 1, we witness the deaths of Saul and Jonathan and the reaction of David to hearing this news.

Here we also see one of the reasons that was so used by God. Remember that Saul was a constant pursuer of David’s life: he hated him.

But how did David respond when hearing of his death? He called him “the LORD’s annointed” in verse 14, and referred to him and Jonathan as “mighty” multiple times from verse 19-27.

David had a proper understanding of both the sovereignty of God and a trust in that sovereignty even when his external circumstances were not ideal.

I would say that this trust in God no matter the external circumstances is one of the qualities that made him a “man after God’s own heart.” (1 Samuel 17)

How can you grow in your own trust in God no matter the circumstances of your life?

(One idea: I am currently reading a book by Jerry Bridges called “Trusting God”. Surprisingly, the book is all about… trusting God! This could be a great book for you to read and pray through to help grow your understanding of how the sovereignty of God should be at the root of your trust in him. Read through it and then let’s talk about it!)

Written By: Graham Withers

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