Sacred Places

Whitney Capps

Day: 36 | Plan: 1-2 Samuel

Today’s Reading: 2 Samuel 5

2 Samuel 5:6 (NIV) “The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there.” 

Have you ever talked with someone who visited the Holy Land? Jerusalem is a central location of study and exploration because this is where Jesus spent time and ministered. This is certainly true, but actually much of the significance of Jerusalem predates Jesus’ earthly ministry. 

We are introduced to Jerusalem in the earliest parts of Scripture. It was the home of Melchizedek, the priest of God. (Genesis 14). Between then and David’s reign, however, Jerusalem had become the home of pagan enemies of Israel.

When Israel was taking control of the Promised Land, Jerusalem was given to the tribe of Benjamin. But the Benjamites did not expel the pagan Jebusites as God had commanded. (Judges 1:21) Israel’s disobedience to God’s command cost them dearly. Israel thought they could keep the Canaanites and Jebusites subdued by making them slaves. How wrong they were!

Over time, the Jebusites overtook the tribe of Benjamin. By the time of Samuel, this sacred place for God’s people, the place Benjamin had been gifted, was known as the “city of Jebusites.”

As David begins his reign as king, he makes it his first priority to clean house in the holy city of Jerusalem by expelling the pagans living among God’s people. David was committed to uniting God’s people and ruling in God’s holy city.

What a lesson for you and me.

We are royalty. Our Father is King of heaven and earth, and through His Holy Spirit, our King has chosen to live with us. And yet, I can tell you that my “Jerusalem” needs cleaning up. I don’t know about you, but I feel the conviction to reclaim some of the holy places of my heart. David fought for Jerusalem. Are you and I committed to getting God the holy home He demands and deserves? Oh, I hope so because there is a sweet grace tucked in 2 Samuel 5. Look at this:

“David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the terraces inward. And he became more and more powerful, because the LORD God Almighty was with him” (2 Samuel 5:9-10).

David didn’t just claim Jerusalem; he rebuilt it. How? Not by his own power, but by the Lord’s presence. You and I can’t make our hearts clean on our own. And we cannot keep them clean on our own either. Oh, but see His boundless grace! When we allow the Holy Spirit to work in us, He brings the reward.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are King of my heart. Thank You for making Your home with me. Help me to see the places in me that need attention. I’ve tried to do it alone before, but this time may Your power and presence bring success. Not for me, but for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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