First Chronicles 18 Commentary
The defeat of Hadadezer by David at the Euphrates is very important. That’s how far David’s kingdom and control extended! These are truly great times for the nation.
David is living the history-long dream. The LORD had given this land, and the land beyond, to Abraham. Back in the day, the patriarch Abraham had defeated the four powerful kings. These four kings had reigned over much of the land that David now controlled.
We are celebrating the fulfillment of the blessing of the LORD: “I will provide a place for my people Israel and will plant them so that they can have a home of their own and no longer be disturbed. Wicked people will not oppress them anymore, as they did at the beginning 10 and have done ever since the time I appointed leaders over my people Israel. I will also subdue all your enemies.”
Not before, nor after, did the nation get to this level of elevation as a people. The LORD sought to begin afresh with His people under the shepherd-king David.
Saints can look back at these events as a time when the LORD moved powerfully to fulfill His promises. There are times when the scripture looks like nothing but a looping song of good promises. This chapter stands to confront the notion that the LORD is all talk and no action. Yes, we have seen rays of light scattered here and there, through selected leaders. But nothing comes close to this level of achievement.
Impressed? Yes. Yet the LORD isn’t probably as impressed. The LORD’s vision for Israel was much bigger and extended far in terms of land. It was about the rule of righteousness being extended under the command of Heaven. It remains true that we can only have bits and pieces of the available blessings, no matter how much we enlarge ourselves. No man ever has big enough a basket to hold the blessings!
The memory of the young David killing Goliath, the Philistine, is long vanished. Yet the anointing that characterized David’s triumph still provided the energy of David’s later military campaigns. Let not the saint forget.
This chapter invites the saint to look at their many battles and the many victories. Let the saint praise the LORD! Let the saint offer sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving.
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