Throughout Scripture, as in life, there are peaks and valleys. And there are also long stretches of highway without much scenery at all.
Just driving from the Gulf Coast of Texas and through the hot desert of West Texas and into the cool mountains of New Mexico is a good example of all of this.
The book of 2 Samuel contains both mountaintop visas, and dark canyons of sorrow for David -- the shepherd boy from Bethlehem who became the greatest king of Israel.
From 1 Samuel, which is about Saul and Samuel, the second book is focused on David, who realized when he became king that it was God who was the true king of Israel.
King David made sure that the Israelites were fully aware that it was God who was leading the nation.
After defeating the Philistines, David brought the ark of God to Jerusalem so it could have a permanent home for the presence of God on earth.
As the Old Testament prophets foretold, a “Son of David” (Matt. 21:9) would eventually rule both Israel and the world (7:16).