"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 Roger Nam
God’s work is messy business.
Perhaps this messiness is part of the appeal of the royal succession narratives in the opening chapters of 2 Samuel. The story reaches a crucial point with the initial establishment of Hebron and the subsequent relocation of the capital to Jerusalem. These chapters in 2 Samuel candidly recount all of the tension in the movement of leadership from Saul to David, not merely a change of rulers, but a change in the house and a complete about-face in the previous endorsement of Saul. But in the midst of this chaos, even during the radical takeover of the throne, this week’s passage reminds us that God’s triumph endures.
In light of the overall purpose of the biblical historical narratives, it’s remarkable that the passage does not ignore the chaos. The preceding context of 2 Samuel 5 recounts the paranoia and delusion surrounding Saul and the growing animosity between the king and David with episodes of murder, betrayal, revenge, and sexual misconduct.
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NL193: David Anointed King
October 25, 2015
This podcast discusses 2 Samuel 5:1-5; 6:1-5; and Psalm 150, the Narrative Lectionary readings for Oct. 25, 2015.