And it came to pass after this, that Absalom prepared him chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him. And Absalom rose up early, and stood beside the way of the gate: and it was so, that when any man that had a controversy came to the king for judgment, then Absalom called unto him, and said, Of what city art thou? And he said, Thy servant is of one of the tribes of Israel. And Absalom said unto him, See, thy matters are good and right; but there is no man deputed of the king to hear thee. Absalom said moreover, Oh that I were made judge in the land, that every man which hath any suit or cause might come unto me, and I would do him justice! And it was so, that when any man came nigh to him to do him obeisance, he put forth his hand, and took him, and kissed him. And on this manner did Absalom to all Israel that came to the king for judgment: so Absalom stole the hearts of the men of Israel.
This story illustrates for us the meeknees in the heart of David. Although he was a mightly man and an accomplished king, he showed meekness toward Absalom.
One definition for meekness is "to be easily imposed upon". We may not like this, but at time it is the mature response and correct thing to do.
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
David was the authority in the land, but as is always the case Satan is challenging authority
God was allowing this as a part of David's punishment for his sin. But, God still highly regards authority
A crisis can happen in our lives at any moment. When it does we must remember:
The eternal God is thy refuge, And underneath are the everlasting arms: And he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; And shall say, Destroy them.
Absalom tried to put himself in a position that was not his to take
He was cunning about his motives (vv. 2-4)
He is drawing the people to himself (v. 5)