Summary: Here's a sermon about God's promises, giving to the Lord, and God's justice.
David's Kingdom Expands
1After this it came to pass that David attacked the Philistines and subdued them. And David took Metheg Ammah from the hand of the Philistines. 2Then he defeated Moab. Forcing them down to the ground, he measured them off with a line. With two lines he measured off those to be put to death, and with one full line those to be kept alive. So the Moabites became David's servants, and brought tribute.
3David also defeated Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to recover his territory at the River Euphrates.
4David took from him one thousand chariots, seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand foot soldiers. Also David hamstrung all the chariot horses, except that he spared enough of them for one hundred chariots.
5When the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David killed twenty-two thousand of the Syrians.
6Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became David's servants, and brought tribute. The LORD preserved David wherever he went.
7And David took the shields of gold that had belonged to the servants of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.
8Also from Betah and from Berothai, cities of Hadadezer, King David took a large amount of bronze.
9When Toi king of Hamath heard that David had defeated all the army of Hadadezer,
10then Toi sent Joram his son to King David, to greet him and bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him (for Hadadezer had been at war with Toi); and Joram brought with him articles of silver, articles of gold, and articles of bronze.
11King David also dedicated these to the LORD, along with the silver and gold that he had dedicated from all the nations which he had subdued-- 12from Syria, from Moab, from the people of Ammon, from the Philistines, from Amalek, and from the spoil of Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
13And David made himself a name when he returned from killing eighteen thousand Syrians in the Valley of Salt.
14He also put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom he put garrisons, and all the Edomites became David's servants. And the LORD preserved David wherever he went.
15So David reigned over all Israel; and David administered judgment and justice to all his people.
16Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army; Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder;
17Zadok the son of Ahitub and Ahimelech the son of Abiathar were the priests; Seraiah was the scribe;
18Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over both the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and David's sons were chief ministers.
Our examination of the Life of David continues this morning.
The 8th chapter of 2 Samuel contains a lot of history.
However, there are some powerful lessons in all this history.
Point #1. When God makes a promise,
nothing or no person can ruin the promise God makes.
At the end of chapter 7 we see what God had promised David.
2 Samuel 7:29 Now therefore, let it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You; for You, O Lord GOD, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever."