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their leader, he took the opportunity to   David’s son (Mat 22:45). David learned that
        bless the nation, to call upon God for the   God’s response to interest in His things will
        nation’s prosperity and well-being. This   dwarf anything one could ever do for Him.
        appears to be the spiritual high point of
        the nation’s kingdom period. The whole   The Call - Bless You
        nation gathered in unity before the Lord   What  lessons  can  be  learned?  What
        with its leader submitted to the authority   brings about the coveted situation where
        of God. The shared goals and aspirations   blessing is enjoyed?  Leaders who care
        of the nation are expressed in the table   for their followers will enable a spiritual
        fellowship that David enabled when he   atmosphere where the presence of God
        met the material needs of the people in   is welcomed. This atmosphere will not
        giving each a loaf of bread, a portion of   occur when authority is imposed or
        meat (perhaps from the peace offerings)   when submission is forced for personal
        and a cake of raisins for dessert!   advantage. “God opposes the proud” (Jas

        The Cost - Division Within           4:6). God has communicated the requisite
                                             responsibilities that go along with the
        House and Curse                      privilege of bearing His Name. There is
          Even at this high point, the enemy was   a burden, a weight that is felt in bearing
        lurking. Unity in the nation was met by   His Name that is much different than
        division in the house. David’s wife, Michal,   “carting” it. Bearing His presence means
        the daughter of Saul, did not appreciate   God is directing our actions; “carting”
        the spiritual dimension of David’s actions.   His presence connotes that we are pulling
        She, like her father, was impressed by   Him into our actions. The presence of God
        exhibitions of the flesh, and considered   among us should keep us from frivolity,
        David’s leadership in the spiritual realm   yet should not dampen or diminish our
        to be dishonouring to his position as   expressions of joy in the Lord. Leaders
        king. David rightly judged the situation,   are responsible for enabling the fellowship
        and the man who earlier had blessed a   of their people with God. People living
        nation passed a curse upon his wife in the   in these conditions are blessed, as their
        home. The opportunity for Saul’s line to be   leaders are looking to God for their
        incorporated into the Davidic dynasty was   spiritual and material well-being.
        lost by this inability to appreciate spiritual   We see the experience of the nation in 2
        things as Michal died childless.     Samuel 6 echoed in the church at the end
                                             of Acts 4. In the face of opposition, the
        The Cedar - Whose House?             whole church was gathered together, and
          David’s zeal for the Lord’s presence   the fellowship enjoyed is unparalleled in
        resulted in a desire to build a permanent   church history. The people enjoyed the
        dwelling place for the ark (2Sa 7). The Lord   blessing of leaders in communion with
        responded to this desire by establishing   God. But even then, the flesh was seen
        an everlasting kingdom in David’s name.   in  the  case  of Ananias  and  Sapphira,
        The throne of the nation would be filled   and God  dramatically  broke  out in
        by a son of David, and ultimately by the   judgment against them. May we all strive
        one enthroned on the ark between the   to maintain and sustain the conditions
        cherubim (2Sa 6:2) – David’s Lord and   that enable blessing.

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