Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.” II Sam. 3:1.
By the time chapter 3 of II Samuel rolls around the long war between the house of Saul and the house of David had already come to a head. Saul was already dead at this time along with his son Jonathan. God himself had judged Saul and found him wanting so God removed him from the equation. But the war between the house of Saul and the house of David continued. David had contended with honor against King Saul. When the Lord would deliver Saul into David’s hand David refused to lay his hand to Saul saying, “touch not my anointed and do my prophets no harm.” He knew that even though he had opportunity that in itself wasn’t a green light from heaven to attack his own kin. (The house of Israel). David was warring on two fronts, he was contending against the enemies of Israel and he was warring against the house of Saul. The principal of contending with honor is manifest in the life of David. Children of the kingdom will contend with darkness and they will contend with people of religious mindsets. When dealing with the house of Saul learn to contend with honor and be weary of raising your sword against those of the house of God. David had core values that allowed him to function with a kingdom mindset.
1. He feared God more than he feared man. This causes you to believe the battle ultimately belongs to God and that part of the warfare is simply holding “my peace and let the lord fight”for me.
2. Trust God even when things look bleak. Remember the lesson of Ziklag. I Sam. 30.
3. David was ever a worshiper; A worshiping warrior. Let us be worshiping warriors like David and begin to enjoy the ride. What a ride it’s going to be.