Psalm 78:70-72 – He also chose David His servant, and took him from the sheepfolds; (Verse 71) from the care of ewes with suckling lambs He brought him, to shepherd Jacob His people, and Israel His inheritance. (Verse 72) So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart, and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.
Between the years of seventeen and thirty, David was on the run from Saul. Then finally, at age thirty he takes the throne of Israel. Most of David’s young adult years were years of triumph, with the exception of a few temporary decisions made in the flesh where he got hotheaded.
David had lived many years as a fugitive, broken, and discouraged. But it wouldn’t serve any purpose for him to bring that kind of pain into his future.
Same goes for us: It serves no purpose for us to relive the hurt and disappointments into our future. So how did David handle his promotion of finally becoming what God had anointed him to become? With a humble attitude, as we should when God delivers us.
2 Samuel 2:1 – It happened after this that David inquired of the Lord saying, “Shall I go up to any of the cities of Judah?” And the Lord said to him, “Go up.” David said, “Where shall I go up?” And He said, “To Hebron.”
David didn’t rush to the throne and take charge. In one day’s time he went from fugitive to king. This is David’s second “Suddenly!”
When we are finally delivered by God’s mighty hand maybe after struggling with the same thing for years, we still need to have that closeness with our heavenly Father to ask, “What’s next?”
In those days, God spoke audibly to His servants. Today God speaks through His Word. David didn’t rush; he waited on the Lord to answer him.
When we see a door of opportunity standing wide open, enter with caution. Let the Lord lead the way.
David did exactly what the Lord told him to do. He went to Hebron.
2 Samuel 2:11 – And the time David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.
David was about 30 years old when Saul died, but he didn’t immediately march into Jerusalem and take over the whole nation. Instead, God sent him to Hebron, where his reign is limited. There was no complaining anywhere in scripture. He simply obeyed God.
However, while in Hebron, David made some decisions he lived to regret. While there, he had six children by six different wives (2 Samuel 3:2-5). Polygamy was one of David’s dark spots in his life that came back to haunt him.
If we chart out a genealogy of David’s immediate family, it’s huge. The wives he took in Hebron: Ahinoam, Abigail, Maacah, Haggith, Abital, and Eglah. That’s not counting Michal, daughter of Saul, which David took back even though she was already married to another. But according to 2 Samuel 5:13-16 and 1 Chronicles 3:1-9, David had many other wives and concubines who bore him children in Jerusalem. We don’t know anything about most of them.
So what’s listed in scripture is twenty son’s and one daughter (excluding concubines and their offspring). After David went to Jerusalem only two wives are mentioned, Michal, and Bathsheba. David’s family became a huge issue, later on.