Small reading today but these victories set the stage for the turning point for David. In an attempt to show kindness, Hanun, the new Ammonite leader, took some bad advice and assumed the worst about David’s men. In ancient times, shaving one’s own beard was done only during deep mourning from a national catastrophe (such a foreshadow). The Israelites were humiliated by having their beards shaved, their garments cut and their body exposed.
David’s kingdom was thriving and it appeared nothing could stop the nation from growing. Today’s read puts us at the turning point for Israel.
Here is my question: What was David doing that he was so busy that he didn’t come to greet the new leader of the Ammonites himself??? Was he at war, busy helping his men??
Psalm 20 is a wonderful prayer as David’s men prepare for battle. Notice the word “we”:
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.