In these chapters what stands out to me is why David was great and increased in his greatness: “for the LORD God of hosts was with him” (5:10; 7:8-17, 18-29). The chief player in the history of Israel is never the people, but God who is over all. They, like we, forget that.
I look back at my life and can recall, with embarrassment, the times I quietly longed to be exalted among God’s people in order to lead them through the teaching of God’s word. But God’s plans are not mine. A look at David’s life is a reminder that God’s providence in all of life is for the most part hidden from his people. God’s purposes for our lives are always His, never ours because He’s the creator and we are His creatures.
When it comes to plans I have and the direction I sense I’m getting from the LORD don’t actually pan out, it’s important to remember that as God lead David so He in a certain sense leads me. Often the direction is hazy but nevertheless I should not forget that God’s presence is ever with me to bring honor to His name through those works prepared beforehand that I should walk in (Eph. 2:10). (SDG)