David becomes king in God’s time

2 Samuel 5:1-5. David had become king in God’s time and reigned for forty years between 1011BC-971BC.

David was good in God’s sight.

David had a whole heart towards God.

David had already been anointed to be king by Samuel, but David waited till God put him into his role as Israel’s king.

According to tradition, David as a poet and songwriter wrote over 70 of the Psalms in the book of Psalms.

David in Hebrew means: beloved.

Background Reading:

David Becomes King Over Israel

5:1 After this, all of the tribes of Israel assembled with David at Hebron and declared, “Look, we’re your own flesh and blood! 2 Even back when Saul was our king, it was you who kept on leading Israel out to battle and bringing them back again. The LORD told you, ‘You yourself will shepherd my people Israel and serve as Commander-in-Chief over Israel.’” 3 So all the elders of Israel approached the king at Hebron, where King David entered into a covenant with them in the presence of the LORD. Then they anointed David to be king over Israel.

David Establishes Jerusalem as His Capital

4 David began to reign when he was 30 years old, and he reigned 40 years. 5 He reigned over Judah for seven years and six months in Hebron, and he reigned over all of Israel including Judah for 33 years in Jerusalem.
2 Samuel 5:1-5

Also read 1 Samuel 16:1-31:13, 2 Samuel 1:1-24:25, 1 Kings 1:1-2:11 and 1 Chronicles 11:1-3, 11:4-9; 14:1-7.

Background reading: The books of 1st and 2nd Samuel, 1 Kings 1:1-2:12, and 1:1-29:30 Chronicles and a number of places in the New Testament.
If you want to read the full story of David’s life look it up in the Bible.
Old Testament Bible references: The books of 1st and 2nd Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles.

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