New Beginning

“David built houses for himself in the City of David; and he prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched a tent for it.”—1 Chronicles 15:1 (NKJV)


As our minds are focused on the theme of “newness,” it’s fitting that we zoom in on a new season from Israel’s history. It occurs towards the beginning of David’s reign. After years of being persecuted by Saul, the time came for David to emerge uncontested as the rightful ruler that God had chosen for His people (1 Samuel 16:12). 


With Saul off the scene, David ushered in several changes. One was to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. Under Saul, the Ark had faded into obscurity.  David wanted the exact opposite. He wanted the Ark, which represented God’s presence in Israel, to be central to the Kingdom. So when he brings it to the capital city of Jerusalem, it marks the start of a spiritual revival. God is back where He belongs!


It’s a joyous occasion, and David writes a song of praise to celebrate this new season. One of the Psalm’s first lines reads, “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face evermore” (1 Chronicles 16:11 NKJV)!


See the connection between this time of newness and the Lord’s strength? In many ways, a new season was needed because Israel, under Saul’s leadership, had lost touch with the Lord’s strength. David is essentially declaring, “The days of fighting in our own strength are over, it’s a new dawn defined by God’s power!”


Now, also notice that the strength of God is connected to the presence of God. God’s presence is the seat of His strength, and those who seek His presence find His strength. In fact, the word “strength” is even bookended by the command to “seek.” 


This is exactly what Saul didn’t do and what David did do. We might even say that the main difference between these men (and their reigns) is that one didn’t seek God and the other did.


Putting this all together, we see new seasons, God’s strength, and seeking His presence woven together like a three-fold cord. The same can be true for us all right now. For when we pursue the Lord’s presence with all our heart, we’ll be filled with His power, which will begin a true time of newness . . . not just on the calendar, but in our lives.


DIG: Why did David reference the Lord’s strength when He did?

DISCOVER: How does one experience the Lord’s strength in their life?

DISPLAY: How will you more purposefully pursue God’s presence in 2017? 

About the Author

Pastor Dan Hickling

Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.