Rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ. 1 Peter 4:13 (NIV) Now why does Peter say, “Rejoice…that you participate in the sufferings of Christ?” Because if you share in his sufferings, you will also share in his glory (4:13). Christ was despised and rejected in this world, but now...
David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?” And the Lord said to him, “Go up.” David said, “To which shall I go up?” And he said, “To Hebron.” 2 Samuel 2:1
Years had passed since Samuel the prophet anointed David as the future king (see 1 Sam. 16). David had known for a long time that this was God’s calling on his life. But for more than a decade, he was a king without a people.
After the death of Saul and the mourning that followed, the first thing David did was to seek the face of God in prayer: “Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?” (2:1). Judah was David’s tribe and it made sense that he should go there first. But would there be any, even among his own people, who would welcome him as their king? God said, “Go up… to Hebron.” So David went, and we are told, “the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah” (2:4).
Now God had already anointed David as king through the prophet Samuel. So when the people of Hebron anointed David, they were agreeing with what God had already done.
This gives us a marvelous picture of what faith means for us today. Long ago, God anointed his Son Jesus Christ as the King of kings and the Lord of lords. He exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow (Phil. 2:9-11). When you crown Jesus Christ as King and Lord of your life, you are agreeing with what God has already done. Faith is agreeing with God about Jesus.
Have you crowned Jesus Christ as King and Lord of your life?