In the Israelite organization of Scripture, there is not a division between 1 and 2 Samuel. They form one coherent message regarding God’s inevitable work through the affairs of men despite their weaknesses. This means the thematic elements of the first words in 1 Samuel still resonate through the writings of 2 Samuel. Hannah’s prayer placed a magnifying glass upon Saul’s life when she exclaimed. “Talk no more for the Lord weighs the actions.” Hannah’s prayer also makes one other major observation: There is none holy as the Lord. Then she illustrates His absolute sovereignty.
“The bows of the mighty men are broken, And they that stumbled are girded with strength...The Lord killeth, and maketh alive: He bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich: He bringeth low, and lifteth up.”
The grand summary was, “He will keep the feet of his saints, And the wicked shall be silent in darkness; For by strength shall no man prevail” (1 Samuel 2:9). As the early years of David’s reign unfold, you will notice a man who desires to align his heart with the Lord. He knows God must fight his battles, but he also zealously goes to war with the enemies of God. Although imperfectly (and those imperfections will haunt him later), David lives up to his moniker, a man after God’s own heart.
The climax of the pursuit of God rises to the reclamation of Jerusalem and establishing it as the city of God, Zion, with the house of God. God puts a pause on the building plans for the Temple and promises to establish David’s house as an eternal dynasty. Yet in the midst of this unprecedented success, David pulls away from the umbrella of God’s holy blessing and ends his reign as a broken king. The baton of hope is passed to his son, Solomon, but that story will come later. For now, remember Hannah’s prayer and remain on the right side of God’s ways. If you do drift away because of distraction or temptation, be sure to scamper back to God through repentance.
Through David’s life, you can see examples of drifting from God in desperate times and in flourishing times. Vigilance is required in order for you to remain aligned with God. This alignment ensures your strength will not falter.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings as eagles; They shall run, and not be weary; And they shall walk, and not faint” (Isaiah 40:31).
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