Reading: They anointed David king over Israel. 2 Samuel 5:3

As with his Lord, the life and activities of David are easily divided into two main parts: humiliation and exaltation. Theologians speak of these two aspects in the life of Christ. Both David and Christ were born in Bethlehem and anointed of God, and both demonstrated by great achievements that Jehovah was with them.

The coronation of David was the beginning of his most glorious achievements; he subdued the enemy, protected his people, and recovered right worship in Zion. His being crowned over Israel was but preparation for the royal conquests he was to make. His previous exploits served only to manifest his qualifications for the honored position and the important work which God had appointed for him.

So it was with Christ. The exaltation of Christ at His resurrection and subsequent ascension was but the beginning of the blessing of God for His people; it was this exaltation that must take place in order that the Spirit would come to His people (John 16:7). In 1 Corinthians 15:25 we read, “For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.” His reign has already commenced; the life, work, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus simply laid the foundation upon which His royal conquests are now being achieved.

It is this King, Jesus Christ, who is going forth conquering and to conquer. He is the mediatorial King, subduing us unto Himself, protecting us from His and our enemies, and recovering right worship in our hearts.

Jesus, the Saviour reigns, 
The God of truth and love;
When He had purged our stains, 
He took His seat above:
Lift up your heart, lift up your voice!
Rejoice, again I say, Rejoice! 
                                                          —Charles Wesley