Re:Verse passage – 2 Samuel 5 (day four)
All through the Old Testament, Israel had a long line of kings. There were both good kings and bad kings…more bad than good it seems. David was known as a man after God’s own heart. He was not perfect, but he remained faithful throughout his reign. David’s commitment to serve only God was the key to his success.
Verse 21 tells us about one of the battles that David fought. His armies defeated the Philistines and in their haste to escape, the Philistines abandoned their idols and Israel captured them. If we look at the parallel passage of 1 Chronicles 14, it says David ordered the idols to be burned. Many of the later kings of Israel, both good and bad, failed to cleanse the land by destroying the high places and idols of their enemies. David’s focus was on God and he did not allow other gods to be a pitfall for his nation.
Today, we are surrounded by the idols and high places of the enemy. Our society would have us embrace and follow them freely. Be like David and keep a singular focus on the Lord.