“The LORD said to you: It is you who shall be shepherd of my people Israel, you who shall be ruler over Israel.”
2 Samuel 4-5
We are introduced to Jonathon’s son, crippled in an accident; he will reappear later. Meantime, more treachery and betrayal; in the midst of it David’s integrity remains rock-solid.
Finally, the people gather at Hebron to make David ruler over all Israel. David’s reign begins when he is 30 (so a long time has passed since Samuel first anointed him) and lasts 40 years—seven in Hebron and 33 in Jerusalem.
Although Jerusalem has been within Judah’s territory, its inhabitants, the Jebusites, resist conquest. David takes the city and renames it after himself. He also repulses two Philistine attacks, with God collaborating on military strategy!
Psalm 61 refers to a king enthroned forever—Jesus?
Many of David’s psalms describe troubling current circumstances in contrast to God’s holiness, power, and ability to make everything right. But depending on God involves waiting, as Psalm 62 gently asserts. Psalm 63 expresses this period of waiting as hunger and thirst for God. David brings to mind previous experiences of God’s glory, asserting that God’s steadfast love is better even than life itself.
That crucial moment of trust before resolution has come, described in Psalm 64, is beautifully resolved (and recounted) in the joyful expressions of praise and blessing in Psalms 65-67.