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Thus David is able to subdue, at long last, the Philistine threat and to conquer the remaining Canaanite city-state ― Jerusalem ― that the Israelites have thus far not been able to conquer.(For the 440 years since the Jewish people first entered the Land of Israel until the time of King David, Jerusalem has remained an unconquered non-Jewish city in the heart of a Jewish country.
The Book of Samuel and the Book of Chronicles describe how David's general, Yoab, climbs up a tzinor (literally "pipe") enters the city and conquers it.Who doesn't know: The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want ...(Psalm 23) The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom should I fear ...King David is one of the most important figures in Jewish history.Born in 907 BCE, he reigns as king of Israel for 40 years, dying at age 70 in 837 BCE. Some people like to focus on the warrior aspect ― the chivalrous warrior fighting for God ― but when his persona and accomplishments are considered as a whole, it is his spiritual greatness that shines most of all.It is a city-state inhabited by Canaanite tribe called Jebusites (the Arab village of Silwan, just south of the walls of the Old City, is located there now).
It is heavily fortified, yet despite its seemingly impregnable appearance, Jerusalem has one weakness ― its only source of water is a spring outside the city walls.
From David will come all the future kings of Judah and ultimately, at the end of history, the Messiah.
This idea of a God-ordained monarchy will be copied by many other nations throughout history and will serve as the basis for the concept of "the divine right of kings" in Medieval and Renaissance Europe.(1) We know historically that the story of Israel during this entire period of time ― from the Exodus onward ― is the story of a tiny nation sandwiched between the two great ancient civilizations, Egypt and Mesopotamia (which was ruled at various times by the Assyrians, Babylonians or Persians).
David's first and foremost drive is to have a relationship with God.
We get the glimpse of the beauty of his soul when we read the Psalms, most of which he wrote.
(Psalm 27) I lift my eyes to the mountains ― from where will my help come?