As David sits at the city gate, he hears about a dispute. Part of Israel had decided to be on Absalom’s side and part on King David’s side. So David talked to all the leaders. They sent word to David to return to Jerusalem. Now here’s David and all his servants on one side of the Jordan and all the men from Judah on the other side to escort David over.
Remember Mephibosheth? He also came to meet David, but had not shaved or taken care of himself since David had left. He had stayed because he had been lied to.
You can read about who came and escorted the king in 2 Samuel 19:8-39.
As David and his party approached Gilgal, a group of men from Israel approach and start arguing with the men from Judah who were escorting David. Israel was jealous because the men of Judah got to David first and they are the ones who had left with him.
Then the Bible says a rebel named Sheba, blew a horn, and ordered the men of Israel back to their tents because they wanted no part of David. These were the men who had taken Absalom’s side. The men of Judah remained loyal to David.
David goes to his house in Jerusalem where he had left the 10 concubines, took them, and put them in seclusion. He provided for them but they stayed in seclusion until their death (2 Samuel 20:3). (These are the women Absalom slept with on the roof of David’s house.)
The rebel, Sheba, who caused the division, is hunted down by Joab, and Sheba’s head is handed to Joab over the wall of the city and Joab returns to David.
Moving forward: There had been a famine in the land and David inquired of the Lord as to why (2 Samuel 21:1). God answered him and said that it was because Saul had killed the Gibeonites. The children of Israel had sworn that they would protect them, but Saul had killed them (2 Samuel 21:20).
Saul has been dead for some time now. However, the punishment and consequences for his actions are being felt by all of Israel through a famine. Do you see how long the consequences can last after our actions? After 7 descendants from Saul were brought to the Gibeonites and hanged, God healed their land.
2 Samuel 21:15 – When the Philistines were at war again with Israel, David and his servants with him went down and fought against the Philistines; and David grew faint. This was David’s last battle.
Read all of chapter 21, verses 15 through 22. Battle after battle, David’s men fought and killed four brothers of the giant Goliath, but David fought no more after the first battle where he was almost killed.
2 Samuel 22:1 – Then David spoke to the Lord the words of this song, on the day when the Lord had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. (Verse 2) And he said,…
Read 2 Samuel 22:2-51. This song is gratitude to the Lord for David’s final battle.
The Lord is our rock; our fortress, deliverance, strength, shield, stronghold, refuge, and Savior. (Verse 7) “In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God. He heard my voice from His temple, and my cry entered His ears.”
David writes in verse 20, “He delivered me, because He delighted in me.” David also writes in verse 24, “I was also blameless before Him.”
Even with what all that David had done wrong, he knew God’s mercy was greater! When calamity strikes out of nowhere, David assures us, God is still pleased with us. He is our security in all things. When our days become dark, our God is our only light.
Verse 31 – As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust Him.
David says in verse 33, God will make our way perfect. He also assures us in Psalm 138:8 that He will perfect all that concerns us.
I’m going to conclude the story of David here, even though after writing this beautiful song, David censored the people and brought death to Israel’s people. After being so loving and sensitive to the Lord, like David, how could we possible go against God’s ways ever again? Because, like David, none are perfect. But God says He will perfect that which concerns us and He will make our ways perfect.
Our loving heavenly Father has a destiny and plan for each of our lives. His ultimate goal has always been to bring us into a loving relationship with His Son. He teaches us throughout our lives to believe in our hearts that His Word is true and will not return unto Him void.
Speak those words of faith, His words of faith that He has given you, and see the Mighty Hand of God change your life!