In a surprising change, the Chronicler flashes back to a time when David was still fleeing from Saul. The chapter discusses how Benjamites specifically (the tribe of Saul) defect to David. The flashback serves to reinforce how God’s hand is with David, even prior to his coronation as king. The poetic refrain in verse 18 serves as the interpretive key to this passage. Speaking under the control of the Spirit, Amasai says that they follow David “for your God helps you.” It is once again God’s presence rather than David’s power that is the significant factor in David’s success.
Audio Sermon: “How Will You Respond to the Lord’s Anointed?”–1 Chronicles 11-12 (Rusty Osborne)