The time from sundown to the middle of the night is under the control of the other side. King David didn’t really go to sleep. He was like dozing off for 60 breaths and wake up. After midnight the light of the new day begins to appear and he use to wake up to disconnect completely from the aspects of death and connect to the light that begins to be revealed in the world. That light after midnight is the aspect of Keter and King David was ready to connect to it with studying the Torah and writing his praised in Psalms.
King David came from the lowest point possible. His father, Jesse (Yishai) was a righteous man. After seven children, Jesse who was the grandson of the convert, Ruth the moabite, had a thought that he may not following the Torah laws (Deuteronomy 23:4), that forbids connection with the people of Moab. Because of that he didn’t divorce his wife, Nitzevet, but abstained from having sex with her for few years. He was righteous and later for spiritual reasons decided to marry his home servant after releasing her from service.
At that time a woman can be married with mutual acceptance and having sex. The servant that knew how sad was Jesse’s wife because of the separation from her righteous husband, share with Nitzevet her husband’s wish. Like Rachel and Leah, the faithful servant gave Nitzevet the ‘signes’ of the marriage to take her place. Nitzevet prepared herself with purification in the Mikveh and prayers and came to her husband instead of the servant.
Jesse didn’t know the truth and his wife became pregnant with a child.
The family thought that Nitzevet was unfaithful but to keep the dignity of the family they let David to be born but treated him as outcast. He was sent to be far from home to look after the herd.
King David’s life story shows how he came from a lowest point to become a king that from him will come the Mashiach. That’s the aspect of rising from darkness to the greatest possible revelation of Light.
King David learned to be humble and had a lot of time in nature to be with God that protected him his entire life.
The story of making David a king is also special. God sent samuel the prophet to the house of Jesse to anoint the king to be after King Saul. Samuel asked Jesse to bring all his sons before him. One by one they passed before him but the oil didn’t reacted to them. Samuel asked if these are all his sons and Jesse said yes and hesitantly said that there is the small one, David with the herd. Jesse was still under the impression that David is not his son and did not count him as a son. Samuel asked to send for David, stating that he must wait for him because God expected his to see all the sons of Jesse. Even Samuel at that point didn’t know who is going to be anointed. When David came Samuel noticed the oil reacting to David’s presence. At the same time he received the message from God to anoint him. To the surprise of the family the ‘black sheep’ became the new king of Israel.
The new anointed king was still humble even after knowing that he will be the next king. His faith in God grew deeper as he received the divine inspiration. The sages tell us that on that day he started writing Psalms.
B”H we see King David soon coming soon to life as the first to resurrect, welcoming the new king of the world, the Mashiach from the house of David.
Daily Zohar # 2320 – Vayigash – From darkness to the greatest Light