APRIL 3 In today's reading David succeeds Saul to the throne. He would reign a total of forty years, 33 years as king over the entire nation of Israel. David chooses and captures Jerusalem for the capital city. Chapter 6 records the returning of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. Psalm 132:1-6 tells of David's intense desire to honor the Lord by returning the Ark to its proper place. For nearly 20 years it had been in Kirjath-Jearim, and it took David about three months to finish the task of bringing it back to the special tent he had prepared for it in Jerusalem. Chapter 7 records the Davidic covenant. The phrases, "thy seed" (verse 12) and "thy throne" (verse 16) summarize the main lesson of the chapter. The Davidic covenant is important to God's program, because in it God promises certain eternal blessings to the Jewish nation. In His covenant with Abraham (Genesis 15) God had promised a seed, a land and a blessing to all nations. In the Davidic covenant God reveals that the promised Messiah would come through David's line (Romans 1:3,4) and would rule over the kingdom of Israel from David's throne. That promised Messiah is Jesus Christ and He is coming soon. He will sit down upon the throne of David in Jerusalem and rule over His people for 1,000 years. As Christians, we have a glorious future ahead. Are you prepared for His return?