First Chronicles 11 Commentary
You will shepherd my people Israel, and you will become their ruler. This was God’s message for David, even while Saul was king. It is interesting to see how the LORD prepares individuals for their assignments. David would become a shepherd-king, literally.
As a shepherd, David developed an impressive resume for himself. He fought and defeated wild animals, not for fun, but in order to protect the sheep. The LORD could do with this kind of a character. We need reminding that we are constantly writing our own resumes long before the interview date, and away from the cameras. It is in ordinary daily activities that we either qualify or disqualify ourselves.
But really, a careful look at the text in the Book of Samuel may reveal interesting facts. Remember how Samson tore apart a lion under the influence of the Spirit of God. You want to believe David achieved such feats like this because of the anointing over his life. The saint who is led by the Spirit of the LORD is well-positioned to achieve great things for the LORD. The New Testament saint is specifically anointed to produce the fruit of righteousness. How we want the Spirit to come upon us powerfully and allow us to achieve greatness in the manner of Samson, or David, or indeed the many Judges we have read about!
Like the Joseph of Genesis, David became more and more powerful, because the LORD Almighty was with him.
The story of Eleazar, son of Dodai, is an interesting one. “He was with David at Pas Dammim when the Philistines gathered there for battle. At a place where there was a field full of barley, the troops fled from the Philistines. But they took their stand in the middle of the field. They defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory.” Verses 13 and 14.
The enemy attacks when the LORD has blessed the saint with the crop. Probably without the field of barley, the enemy would not even attack. The saint can observe this pattern: whenever there is a blessing around, the enemy also shows up. Do not be mistaken. It is not to lay a red carpet and clap your ascension, but to drive you out of your blessing. It remains true that many saints have suffered, not because the LORD hasn’t blessed them. But because the enemy showed up and drove them out of their blessing. Eleazar would say no. They defended the blessing and the LORD brought about a great victory.
David’s kingship involved hard work, great sacrifices, and unmatched bravery. And look at the results! “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1 verse 13. You easily understand the current sorry state of many of us: courage and strength of character are missing from our Christian walk. We are easily brown off the blessing, even by a mere breath of a dozing and completely disarmed enemy.
This chapter gives us a very good picture of the church. It should be a functional factory of greatness in acts of righteousness. An army of brave warriors cannot easily be overtaken. The LORD guarantees victory for such a group.
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