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Bringing Back The King

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Then came all the tribes of Israel to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh, ... and they anointed David king over Israel" (2 Samuel 5.1-8). This occasion must have been a very happy experience, both for David and the people of Israel. If it bad taken place earlier, they would have been saved from many heartaches and crushing defeats. Perhaps some of them regretted the delay, the years of wasted opportunity in the anointing of David as king. However, this took place ultimately, in Hebron.

Many of the men who stood there that day and solemnly declared, "We are thy bone and thy flesh," could look back over the years to the time when this same David had met, single-handed, the giant of Gath. They vacillated between fear and hope as they observed David go down into the valley of Elah, for such tremendous issues were at stake. Tense were those moments, as they watched him running towards the adversary of Israel, and as they saw the giant fall, when the fatal blow was delivered, their joy knew no bounds. It was like a dam bursting its banks. David had saved them! "He has slain his ten thousands", was later sung in rapturous notes of praise. From that time he guided them wisely and well, leading them from victory to victory in the battles of the LORD. He was God's chosen shepherd, the Lord's anointed king. They should have anointed him as their king long before they did.

Do you remember the first time you saw the Lord Jesus, the beloved Son of God, going to Calvary? There was no one else willing or able to meet your strong, ruthless adversary, the devil. Can you forget that sight of His wounded head, hands and feet, the awful agonies of body and soul, the cruel, cutting jibes of the mocking multitudes who watched Him die? And then, at the close, came those triumphant words, "It is finished! " He had won the battle and the Victory was complete. Your dread enemy was defeated and disarmed.

Joyfully your soul echoed, "Praise God, it is finished! Jesus died for me." With what jubilation you sang His praise!

Have you ever anointed this One as King of your life? It is possible to rejoice in Him as Saviour, and to be baptized as a disciple, yet we are to sanctify Him as Lord in our heart and life. Have we presented our bodies as a living sacrifice as we are besought to do in Romans 12.1?

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"And King David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the last to bring the king back to his house? ... Ye are my brethren, ye are my bone and my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last to bring back the king? "(2 Samuel 19.11,12). What ever has happened that David has to speak such words as these? The answer is the treachery of Absalom. He stole the hearts of the children of Israel by deceit. "Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice! (2 Samuel 15.4). With kisses and smooth speech he beguiled the innocent. Absalom became king in Hebron. The people had joined themselves to another. The usurper had triumphed and David had to vacate the throne. But the seeming triumph was short-lived for the LORD showed who was the true king. Joab won the ensuing battle for David, and Absalom hung on a tree for his sins, accursed of God. "Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing back the king?" These words came to the ear of king David and the grace of his heart is revealed. As the father in the story of the returning wayward son in Luke 15, 50 David went out in heart to meet them, gently reminding them of their own words at Hebron, "Ye are my bone and my flesh." "And he bowed the heart of the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that they sent unto the king, saying, Return thou and all thy servants. So the king returned" (2 Samuel 19.14, 15).

If your life has been a disappointment; if you wish inwardly, "Oh that I were as in the months of old, as in the days when God watched over me; when His lamp shined upon my head, and by His light I walked through darkness" (Job 29.2, 3), will you consider your ways? Have you exchanged the Lord for another? Did you make a covenant with the King gladly yielding yourself to Him. and then allow an usurper to take the' citadel and sit enthroned in your

heart? Is it a true answer, that you are not sure what is hindering you? When you kneel to pray, what is it that comes up before you and hinders your communion and prayers? That is your trouble, and the real cause of your defeat.

May you be enabled to say, "0 Lord my God, other lords beside Thee have had dominion over me. Lord, return Thou and fill the throne." May it be so for His Name's sake.