5/11 2 Samuel 5:12

12 And David knew that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

After Saul's death, the kingdom of Israel was divided for seven years. The house of Saul grew weaker while the house of David grew stronger. Finally, all Israel made David king. Everything David did pleased the people. They could see he was a man of integrity. David's years of being an outcast were over.

David knew his success was all the LORD's doing. God had rewarded David's faithfulness. Ultimately, David was exalted for the sake of the people of Israel. When the people have a heart toward the LORD and desire His will, He will bless them with a godly leader. Of course, the opposite is true as well. When the people turn from God, He will give them the leader they deserve. But that, too, is the love of God to turn the people back to Him.

Because of God's love for His people, He exalted David. David would make plans for the Temple. He would enlarge the borders of Israel. He would create musical instruments and songs of praise to be sung in the worship of God. But the greatest blessing of all was the promise that a descendant of David would reign forever. God exalted the kingdom of David for the sake of all people. One day that descendant, the Messiah, will reign in righteousness on David's throne forever (Isaiah 9:7).

Consider: Is He reigning in your heart today?