The opening lyrics of David’s song: “O Jehovah, why have my adversaries become so numerous? Why are so many rising up against me?” — Psalms 3:1
David was Israel’s king. He had been handpicked by Jehovah himself when he was a boy. David proved himself to be a fearless fighter—a great warrior for Jehovah. He slaughtered Israel’s many enemies, foremost among them the hulking giant, Goliath. He extended the God-ordained boundaries of the Promised Land. David also captured the city of Jerusalem from the Jebusites which then became known as the City of David. The warrior-king was also a skilled musician and he was inspired by God to write many of the Psalms.
Tragically, though, the numerous enemies who were rising up against David were not the Philistines or Ammonites or Edomites, or any other of the hostile nations surrounding Israel. David’s adversaries in this instance were his fellow countrymen. And the uprising was instigated by one of David’s beloved sons—Absalom, who usurped the throne and sought to have his own father killed. (The superscription of the 3rd Psalm states: A melody of David when he was fleeing from his son Absalom.)
Earlier in his reign, David himself had committed a horrible sin. He had sexual relations with a married woman—Bathsheba. To add sin-to-sin Bathsheba became pregnant and to cover up her pregnancy David arranged to have Uriah, the husband of Bathsheba, killed in battle, so David could marry Uriah’s widow. It was a terrible thing for David to do. He might have gotten away with it but Jehovah was watching and called him to account through the prophet Nathan.
Since God had already made a covenant with David for an indefinitely lasting kingdom Jehovah forgave David for treating him so disrespectfully. However, in accord with the Law of Moses, Jehovah did not give exemption from punishment. David, once described by God as a man after his own heart, would have to bear the consequences of his sins. His punishment came in the form of exactly what took place with Absalom. (And earlier in the case on Amnon and Tamar)
It is not that God moved David’s son to conspire against him. Jehovah simply did not prevent it or intervene in anyway, as he likely would have had David been faithful. Although the palace coup failed and it ended tragically for the treacherous Absalom, David suffered great grief and humiliation.
As serious students of the Bible know, David’s life foreshadows Christ in many respects. Jesus is in fact called the Son of David. Like David, when Jesus begins ruling as King he will ultimately conquer Jehovah’s enemies. Many of the Psalms David was inspired to write are prophecies fulfilled in Christ. For example, the third Psalm goes on to say: “Many are saying about me: ‘God will not save him.’” Jesus’ enemies said the same of him when he was dying on the stake.
That being said, there is one important difference. Jesus was never unfaithful to Jehovah, as was David. However, since many of the messianic Psalms David penned depict Jehovah’s anointed one suffering from his own errors, it is apparent that the Psalms also speak to those who are in union with Christ.
There is an obvious parallel with Absalom’s murderous scheme. Jesus specially warned that during the conclusion brothers will betray brothers and children will hand over their parents to have them put to death—and vice-versa. Had Jehovah not protected David there is no doubt Absalom would have murdered his father.
Here’s where it gets interesting: The footnote on verse two takes us to 2 Samuel where an individual name Shimei taunted David as he fled from his murderous son, saying to him: “Get out, get out, you bloodguilty man! You worthless man! Jehovah has brought back on you all the bloodguilt for the house of Saul, in whose place you have ruled as king, but Jehovah gives the kingship into the hand of Absalom your son. Now calamity has overtaken you because you are a bloodguilty man!”
Shimei could not have been more wrong. David was not worthless in the eyes of God. Nor did Jehovah hand the kingship to Absalom. Furthermore, God was not punishing David for the bloodshed of the house of Saul. No, David was being chastised for his own bloodguilt—and he knew it!
It is interesting that David would not allow his men to kill Shimei. David just took the humiliation knowing Jehovah had foretold that the sword would not depart from his own house because of his sin. However, after David was restored to his throne while on his deathbed he instructed Solomon to not allow Shimei to die in peace.
There is another interesting aspect to this account. While David and his men were on the run from Absalom and his army, three named individuals supplied David and his men with “beds, basins, clay pots, wheat, barley, flour, roasted grain, broad beans, lentils, parched grain, honey, butter, sheep, and cheese. They brought all of this out for David and the people with him to eat, for they said: ‘The people are hungry and tired and thirsty in the wilderness.’” — 2 Samuel 17:28-29
Quite a contrast between the people of Mahanaim and Shimei. Jesus foretold that the people of the world will be judged by their treatment or neglect of his brothers. Those who give them something to eat when they are hungry and something to drink when they are thirsty will be rewarded. It is a pity the Watchtower has scrapped the whole type-antitype approach to understanding the Scriptures because there is a lot there. And it gets better!
The Governing Body’s recent advocacy of the experimental COVID vaccines has undoubtedly already resulted in the death of some of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Perhaps many more are yet to die as the long-term effects of the elixirs are not known. And the fact that virtually all of the overseers in the organization went along with the vaccination scheme has made the entire organization bloodguilty before Jehovah—but especially those who have been put in charge, in harmony with the principle Jesus stated in the 12th chapter of Luke concerning the slaves who have been appointed to feed the domestics their food at the proper time.
The coming crash of Western civilization and the imposition of a totalitarian world government will bring about the circumstances for punishment to be meted out to fulfill the Scriptures. Many will rise up against those who are actually in union with Christ. Then the Psalm will be fulfilled:
“But you, O Jehovah, are a shield around me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
I will call aloud to Jehovah,
And he will answer me from his holy mountain.
I will lie down and sleep;
And I will wake up in safety,
For Jehovah continues to support me.
I am not afraid of the tens of thousands
Lined up against me on every side.
Rise up, O Jehovah! Save me, O my God!
For you will strike all my enemies on the jaw;
You will break the teeth of the wicked.
Salvation belongs to Jehovah.
Your blessing is upon your people.”