"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
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David Anointed King
2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5; Psalm 150 Commentary
by Elna K. Solvang
Today’s readings reflect a turning point in the narrative of Israel as a nation:
2 Samuel 5:3 marks the culmination of David’s rise from shepherd boy to shepherd-king. It also completes Israel’s transition from a federation of tribes to a united monarchy with a capital city. That transition began in 1 Samuel 8, when the elders of Israel demanded a king to lead the nation. The LORD acquiesced and had the prophet Samuel appoint Saul as the first king (1 Samuel 10:1). David enters the story in two ways: 1) as a harpist whose music relieved Saul’s torment when an evil spirit from God came upon him (1 Samuel 16:14-23); and 2) as a young lad who fearlessly slew the Philistine warrior Goliath (1 Samuel 17:20-51), and was subsequently appointed to a high rank in the army by Saul. Though David became Saul’s son-in-law, and was ...
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NL Podcast 377: David Anointed King
October 20, 2019
Podcast on the Narrative Lectionary readings for Oct. 20, 2019, (David Anointed King) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.