2 Samuel 5* David king over all Israel. (1-5) He takes the strong-hold ofZion. (6-10) David's kingdom established. (11-16) He defeats thePhilistines. (17-25)1-5 David was anointed king a third time. His advances weregradual, that his faith might be tried, and that he might gainexperience. Thus his kingdom typified that of the Messiah, whichwas to come to its height by degrees. Thus Jesus became ourBrother, took upon him our nature, dwelt in it that he mightbecome our Prince and Saviour: thus the humbled sinner takesencouragement from the endearing relation, applies for hissalvation, submits to his authority, and craves his protection. 6-10 The enemies of God's people are often very confident oftheir own strength, and most secure when their day to fall drawsnigh. But the pride and insolence of the Jebusites animatedDavid, and the Lord God of hosts was with him. Thus in the dayof God's power, Satan's strong-hold, the human heart, is changedinto a habitation of God through the Spirit, and into a throneon which the Son of David rules, and brings every thought intoobedience to himself. May He thus come, and claim, and cleanse,each of our hearts; and, destroying every idol, may he reignthere for ever! 11-16 David's house was not the worse, nor the less fit to bededicated to God, for being built by the sons of the stranger.It is prophesied of the gospel church, The sons of strangersshall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister untothee, #Isa 60:10|. David's government was rooted and built up.David was established king; so is the Son of David, and all who,through him, are made to our God kings and priests. Never hadthe nation of Israel appeared so great as it began now to be.Many have the favour and love of God, yet do not perceive it,and so want the comfort of it; but to be exalted to that, and toperceive it, is happiness. David owned it was for his people'ssake God had done great things for him; that he might be ablessing to them, and that they might be happy under him. 17-25 The Philistines considered not that David had thepresence of God with him, which Saul had forfeited and lost. Thekingdom of the Messiah, as soon as it was set up in the world,was thus attacked by the powers of darkness. The heathen raged,and the kings of the earth set themselves to oppose it; but allin vain, #Ps 2:1, &c|. The destruction will turn, as this did,upon Satan's own kingdom. David owns dependence on God forvictory; and refers himself to the good pleasure of God, Wiltthou do it? The assurance God has given us of victory over ourspiritual enemies, should encourage us in our spiritualconflicts. David waited till God moved; he stirred then, but nottill then. He was trained up in dependence on God and hisprovidence. God performed his promise, and David failed not toimprove his advantages. When the kingdom of the Messiah was tobe set up, the apostles, who were to beat down the devil'skingdom, must not attempt any thing till they received thepromise of the Spirit; who came with a sound from heaven, as ofa rushing, mighty wind, #Ac 2:2|.
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