David the Conqueror

Michael Wilcock

READ : 1 Chronicles 22:1-11

. . . a man after my heart, who will do all my will. (Acts 13:22)

Here, in contrast to his predecessor, disobedient Saul, is David the Obedient. Of course he sinned sometimes, and badly, but at bottom his heart was God’s. In his obedience he foreshadows his greatest descendant Jesus, who so honored God his Father that he could claim, “I always do the things that are pleasing to him” (John 8:29).

But for today let’s think of him as David the Conqueror. For he often found himself involved in warfare, with his kingdom repeatedly under attack. He would much rather have devoted himself to the cherished scheme, so dear to his heart, of building a temple for God in Jerusalem. God, however, had a bigger plan. Israel was surrounded by enemies, and wars had to be fought and won before the nation could give itself to the arts of peace. These are two different callings, said Yahweh. The first is what I want David to do, the second is what I want Solomon to do.

God’s people can recognize the same pattern in their own experience. Only when they have been rescued from their great enemy can they begin to build something worthwhile for their rescuer. Perhaps we may even see it at the great turning point of history, when God the Son wins the victory of the cross, and then God the Spirit sets about building the new temple; and “you are that temple,” says Paul (1 Cor. 3:17).


Thank you, God, for the war fought and won by “great David’s greater Son.”