Summary: This sermon deals with the call God makes to each of us to serve Him.
The Call Of God On Our Lives
1 Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and spoke, saying, "Indeed we are your bone and your flesh.
2 "Also, in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and brought them in; and the Lord said to you, 'You shall shepherd My people Israel, and be ruler over Israel.' "
3 Therefore all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them at Hebron before the Lord. And they anointed David king over Israel.
4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years.
5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty--three years over all Israel and Judah.
5 The Conquest of Jerusalem
6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, who spoke to David, saying, "You shall not come in here; but the blind and the lame will repel you," thinking, "David cannot come in here."
7 Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David).
8 Now David said on that day, "Whoever climbs up by way of the water shaft and defeats the Jebusites (the lame and the blind, who are hated by David's soul), he shall be chief and captain."Therefore they say, "The blind and the lame shall not come into the house."
9 Then David dwelt in the stronghold, and called it the City of David. And David built all around from the Millob and inward.
10 So David went on and became great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him.
11 Then Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters and masons. And they built David a house.
12 So David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted His kingdom for the sake of His people Israel.
As we continue our examination of the Life of David
we come to the time when he finally becomes king of Israel.
King Saul is dead and one of his sons, Ishbosheth,
who was king over 11 tribes of Israel is now dead.
David has been king over Judah in Hebron.
Ishbosheth's death opens the door for David to rule all of Israel.
The call of God in David's life has been accomplished.
Point #1. God calls people to serve Him.
God had chosen David to be king of Israel.
David was approximately 15 years old
when Samuel anointed him to be king of Israel.
However, Saul was Israel's king at that time.
Did Israel always have a king?
So how did they get one?
Well, when God delivered the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt,
He was going to be their king.
For a long time, that was acceptable to the people of Israel.
Then the people noticed that other nations around them had kings.
So the people of Israel wanted a king like everyone else.
God was not pleased.
So he gave them Saul as their king.
As time went on, Saul walked farther and farther from God.
1 Samuel chapter 16 tells us that the prophet Samuel
anointed David as king of Israel.
However, Saul was still alive.
God had called David to be the king,
but he had to wait 22 years before he actually became king.
David knew that God had placed a call on his life.
He was patient and waited for God's timing.
Notice what the leaders of Israel said in verse 2:
2 "Also, in time past, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and brought them in;"
David had been a great warrior and leader
during the times that Israel was having battles
with their pagan worshiping neighbors.
Look at Verse 10 So David went on and became great, and the Lord God of hosts was with him
God had placed His call on the life of David,
and he remained with Him.
Like David, God also places his call on our lives.
We are called to serve God.
Some of us are called to different things.
Some are called to pastors and teachers.
Others are called to be helpers.
We all have the call of God on our lives.
It's not always easy to follow the call of God.
Sometimes we resist that call
before we can accept God's call on our life.
I remember when God called me into the ministry.
The people of Pleasant Hill Church wanted me to be their pastor.
I wasn't sure that's what I should do.