All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “We are your own flesh and blood. 2 In the past, while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel on their military campaigns. And the Lord said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler.’”
3 When all the elders of Israel had come to King David at Hebron, the king made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord, and they anointed David king over Israel.
4 David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years. 5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned over all Israel and Judah thirty-three years.
6 The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, “You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.” They thought, “David cannot get in here.” 7 Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion—which is the City of David.
8 On that day David had said, “Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft to reach those ‘lame and blind’ who are David’s enemies.” That is why they say, “The ‘blind and lame’ will not enter the palace.”
9 David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the terraces inward. 10 And he became more and more powerful, because the Lord God Almighty was with him.
David was 15 when he was anointed King of Israel by Samuel; he was 30 years old when he became king of Judah and 37 years old when he finally became king over all Israel. A lot has happened between the initial anointing and actually becoming king 22 years later. We can look at this story and wonder how it went so wrong for so long, but that is not how I see it. I see a boy anointed king and as this boy grows up he is faced with all the challenges of life and more. The way he deals with these challenges is the important part. Does he draw close to God and live according to who God says he is… or does he live in response to his life circumstances. Is he defined by those around him and the difficulties he faces or does he respond as one chosen by God to lead a nation. In the beginning David remembered who he was and we see that things worked out in David’s favour because the Lord was with him. It seems like king David is starting to come back to this place.
This is life…the life we live. God has spoken destiny over our lives and has given us freedom to live according to that destiny. Like David, we face so many challenges along the way that it is easy to lose sight of who we are… who God says we are. We can forget to live like sons and daughters, forget that we are heirs and royalty. Instead we are reduced to act like beggars, thieves or slaves to try and make sense of a world that should not be. It may seem like God called you to something so long ago that it can’t be true anymore… but kingdom royalty is an internal characteristic and seems to be more important than living in a palace with wealth and influence. Remember who you are today…take a moment and let God remind you.