2 Samuel 8

In this passage, we read about all of King David’s great victories over many enemies of Israel. In the end, “David reigned over all Israel” as it states in verse 15. To go further in verse 15, we find that David must have been a good ruler, because it states that David did “what was just and right for all his people.”

However, I want to focus not on who David defeated, or his style of leadership, although both were great. I would rather focus on something that is repeated twice in this passage, once in verse 6, and once in verse 14: “The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.” Furthermore, I want to focus on verse 11, where it states “King David dedicated these articles (silver, gold, and bronze) to the Lord, as he had done with the silver and gold from all the nations he had subdued.”

As great of a leader, and as victorious as David was as a king, his accomplishments didn’t come from his own greatness or wisdom, but from God. And David remained faithful by dedicating the riches gained to God. We can learn from this and apply it to our own meager lives. All of us have accomplished much in our lifetimes (maybe not entire kingdoms as David did, but still), and all that we have gained has been given to use by God. It may seem like we have done these things on our own through our own blood, sweat, and tears, but it is only because of the grace of God that we accomplish these things. So what should we do? Give thanks to God for all that He has given us; for helping us achieve all that we have done. We have not been alone in our “greatness.” Praise be to God!

Matt Blaser