Vs. 1, “In the course of time, David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and he took Gath and its surrounding villages from the control of the Philistines.” Twice throughout our chapter today, we are reminded that the LORD gave David victory everywhere he went (vs. 6, 13). David found victory on all sides; Philistines to the west, Moab to the east, Arameans to the North, and Edom to the south. The chronicler is pulling this information from II Samuel, but one of the intentions of these victories was to provide the necessary items for building God’s temple (vs. 8). Though David would not build it, his son Solomon would. The listing of David’s royal cabinet is a reminder for us that many people are needed to help in God’s kingdom (vs. 14-17).
Regarding application…Victory! Vs. 6b, “The LORD gave David victory everywhere he went.” Let us not forget that the original audience needed the assurance that the same God who gave David victory would help them rebuild their nation after the Babylonian exile. I find this a very important exhortation for us today as we are now into the Lenten season. Jesus found victory in the desert for forty days against the enemy’s tactics. And we can find solace in the victory that helps us overcome our own temptations. I was reading a book on fasting yesterday and found this Martin Luther quote from the reformation, “that genuine Christian fasting is a fruit of repentance, that it helps keep the flesh in check and is a fine outward training in preparing to better receive God’s grace.” Let’s be victorious and receive God’s abundant grace!