1 Chronicles 14
Davidís House and Family
 1 Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar logs, stonemasons and carpenters to build a palace for him. 2 And David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and that his kingdom had been highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel.

 3 In Jerusalem David took more wives and became the father of more sons and daughters. 4 These are the names of the children born to him there: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5 Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 6 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 7 Elishama, Beeliada and Eliphelet.

1 Chronicles 14:1-7


We may observe here, 1. There is no man that has such a sufficiency in himself but he has need of his neighbours and has reason to be thankful for their help: David had a very large kingdom, Hiram a very little one; yet David could not build himself a house to his mind unless Hiram furnished him with both workmen and materials, v. 1. This is a reason why we should despise none, but, as we have opportunity, be obliging to all. 2. It is a great satisfaction to a wise man to be settled, and to a good man to see the special providences of God in his settlement. The people had made David king; but he could not be easy, nor think himself happy, till he perceived that the Lord had confirmed him king over Israel, v. 2. "Who shall unfix me if God hath fixed me?íí 3. We must look upon all our advancements as designed for our usefulness. Davidís kingdom was lifted up on high, not for his own sake, that he might look great, but because of his people Israel, that he might be a guide and protector to them. We are blessed in order that we may be blessings. See Gen. 12:2. We are not born, nor do we live, for ourselves. 4. It is difficult to thrive without growing secure and indulgent to the flesh. It was Davidís infirmity that when he settled in his kingdom he took more wives (v. 3), yet the numerous issue he had added to his honor and strength. Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord. We had an account of Davidís children, not only in Samuel, but in this book (ch. 3:1, etc.) and now here again; for it was their honor to have such a father.
David Defeats the Philistines
 8 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went out to meet them. 9 Now the Philistines had come and raided the Valley of Rephaim; 10 so David inquired of God: ďShall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?Ē

   The LORD answered him, ďGo, I will deliver them into your hands.Ē

 11 So David and his men went up to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, ďAs waters break out, God has broken out against my enemies by my hand.Ē So that place was called Baal Perazim. 12 The Philistines had abandoned their gods there, and David gave orders to burn them in the fire.

 13 Once more the Philistines raided the valley; 14 so David inquired of God again, and God answered him, ďDo not go directly after them, but circle around them and attack them in front of the poplar trees. 15 As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the poplar trees, move out to battle, because that will mean God has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.Ē 16 So David did as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army, all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.

 17 So Davidís fame spread throughout every land, and the LORD made all the nations fear him.

1 Chronicles 14:8-17


This narrative of Davidís triumph over the Philistines is much the same with that, 2 Sa. 5:17, etc. 1. Let the attack which the Philistines made upon David forbid us to be secure in any settlement or advancement, and engage us to expect molestation in this world. When we are most easy something or other may come to be a terror or vexation to us. Christís kingdom will thus be insulted by the serpentís seed, especially when it makes any advances. 2. Let Davidís enquiry of God, once and again, upon occasion of the Philistinesí invading him, direct us in all our ways to acknowledge Godóin distress to fly to him, when we are wronged to appeal to him, and, when we know not what to do, to ask counsel at his oracles, to put ourselves under his direction, and to beg of him to show us the right way. 3. Let Davidís success encourage us to resist our spiritual enemies, in observance of divine directions and dependence on divine strength. Resist the devil, and he shall flee as the Philistines did before David. 4. Let the sound of the going in the tops of the mulberry trees direct us to attend Godís motions both in his providence and in the influences of his Spirit. When we perceive God to go before us let us gird up our loins, gird on our armor, and follow him. 5. Let Davidís burning the gods of the Philistines, when they fell into his hands, teach us a holy indignation against idolatry and all the remains of it. 6. Let Davidís thankful acknowledgment of the hand of God in his successes direct us to bring all our sacrifices of praise to Godís altar. Not unto us, O Lord! not unto us, but to thy name give glory. 7. Let the reputation which David obtained, not only in his kingdom, but among his neighbours, be looked upon as a type and figure of the exalted honor of the Son of David (v. 17): The fame of David went out into all lands; he was generally talked of, and admired by all people, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations. All looked upon him as a formidable enemy and a desirable ally. Thus has God highly exalted our Redeemer, and given him a name above every name.