In the spring of the year, the time when kings go out to battle, Joab led out the army and ravaged the country of the Ammonites and came and besieged Rabbah. But David remained at Jerusalem. And Joab struck down Rabbah and overthrew it.
1 Chronicles 20:1 ESV
Whilst the book of Samuel goes into the sorry saga of what happened when David remained at Jerusalem, Chronicles glosses over it. I don’t think the writer of Chronicles is trying to whitewash history, I think he’s writing from a different perspective to the writer of Samuel. Samuel emphasises David’s relatable human flaws, whilst Chronicles emphasises how David reflects the Son of David, the Lord Jesus Christ whose kingdom will never end.
The two accounts can be read alongside each other to compliment each other. Even the writer to the Chronicles strongly hints that David should have been out to war. He was king of Israel, but he wasn’t living up to his calling.
We as Christians are a kingdom of priests. We have a responsibility to wage spiritual warfare against the old nature within us as well as satan and his demons who hold the world captive. We do this by proclaiming the good news of Jesus, that salvation and transformation are possible through Him.
Sadly, like David, we as Christians are often found lounging around when we should be about the Lord’s work. Maybe David decided to stay at home and write Psalms, but his job was to go out and fight for God and his people. May we be found about the Lord’s business, and not being idle and opening the door to other sins.
“Lord and King, may we fulfil our duties to You, and not be found slacking. Please have mercy upon us if we’ve failed in this regard, and restore us to serve You once again. For Your glory, amen”