You have done all these great things in order to teach me. 2 Samuel 7:21
David began as a shepherd. He himself claimed to have learned his first spiritual lessons while defending his father’s sheep. For many years after he was anointed king, David was harassed by Saul. He was driven from home, forced to live in caves and on the mountains, always in danger and sometimes almost in despair. From the lessons of the wilderness. He learned the meaning of fellowship and the need for patience.
Even as king, David was still prepared to go on learning. He knew that he must learn how to obey commands as well as how to give them out. He depended on the Lord for day-to-day guidance, for a ruler’s attitude is to remain teachable and to be willing to get instructions from heaven. When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king, they all marched up to capture him. On hearing this, David consulted Yahweh for decision for the attack and Yahweh was with him and made every nation afraid of him and he became famous. David referred every new circumstance back to God, knowing that he must not decide by his own wisdom.
When prophet Nathan told David that the work of building the house of God would be done by someone else, he took the disappointment magnificently. He went on preparing the materials, handed over the plan to Solomon and encouraged him to carry through the task which had been his own life’s ambition showing he was a man only for the glory of God with a teachable heart with no concern for himself at all.
Obedience to God is the key to freedom.