Celebration

Michael Wilcock

READ : 1 Chronicles 12:23, 38-40

The review of the events before David began to reign in Jerusalem now reaches his coronation at Hebron, following the death of Saul. The festivities of that great occasion, when all the tribes of Israel came to pledge him their allegiance, are a very good Old Testament picture of the “peace,” the

shalom,

that Amasai spoke of in verse 18.

In New Testament times we know that the real festivities will not begin till we get to heaven, though we are given foretastes of them in this life. But the way God works is the same now as then. First must come the recognizing of God’s chosen King, then the wholehearted intention that he shall be our King. The more willingly the people of Jesus, both individually and together, accept his rule, the more they will see of his blessing, in whatever form it may come.

In a church united round the King everyone is blessed by the contribution of everyone else. But as Jesus says, the essential is to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and then in his own good time all these things will be given to us as well.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for the good things you have in store for your people. Amen.