1 Chronicles 14:8 “And when the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek David. And David heard of it, and went out against them.”
This is an important illustration: whenever we make the Lord Jesus, King of our lives,….then,….the Adversary stirs up problems to try and hinder us in our spiritual life….that he may accuse us.
You will notice that the Philistines did nothing….until…David was king “over all Israel”.
As long as Israel was having internal strife…..they were powerless….no threat to anyone, but themselves.
(And is not this one reason we do not have the power we should in our churches today? 1 Corinthians 1:11, 13 “For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren,….that there are contentions among you. Is Christ divided?…”)
But when David united Israel under one king…..when Israel came under the power of God, for David obeyed God…..
…..then the battles came.
1 Chronicles 14:10 “And David inquired of God, saying, Shall I go up against he Philistines? And wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the Lord said unto him, go up; for I will deliver them into thine hand.”
Here was direction….and promise of deliverance.
So David went up where the Philistines were camped….and there was a large force of them….they “spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim.”
And David did win this battle….
1 Chronicles 14:11-12 “…And David smote them there…..
And when they (the Philistines) had left their gods there, David gave a commandment, and they were burned with fire.”
After the victory God gave them, David followed the law and burnt all the images that the Philistines had left behind in the fighting. (Deuteronomy 7:25)
David honored God’s Word….and obeyed it.
Then, after their battle’s defeat, the Philistines did not give up…..they wanted to defeat and destroy David…..it was personal….
….just like the attacks the Adversary, the devil, sends to us.
“And the Philistines yet again spread themselves abroad in the valley.” (1 Chronicles 14:13)
This time David honored God….as a servant should, and asked for direction from his Captain:
1 Chronicles 14:14-16 “Therefore David inquired again of God; and God said unto him, Go not up after them; turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees.
And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines.
David therefore did as God commanded him: and they smote the host of the Philistines….”
“For God is gone forth before thee”…what sweet words to David…and us.
As our Captain in every battle, the Lord knows the enemy and his tricks….so His guidance is imperative….to keep us and deliver us.
Notice: David therefore did as God commanded him.
◦ David was king! Yet he gladly yielded allegiance, to the Lord, and obeyed….with a joyful and willing heart all that God commanded him.
Sometimes, as Christians, I think we are afraid of the phrase: God commands us….but we should not be.
We are the Lord’s servants…..and His Word is our guide.
We are God’s soldiers ….and He is in charge of our battle.
1 Chronicles 14:17 “And the fame of David went out into all the lands; and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations.”
And we are the Lord’s Ambassadors, for we are to spread the good news for our King….as David did.
Now there was a man of God on the throne of Israel….a man obedient to the Lord….a man who honored God….and who God honored in his obedience.
As Christians we are servants, soldiers and ambassadors of our Lord Jesus Christ.
And God knows our battles……everyday battles, just like He knew David’s battles….
….and He is ready to give us commands through HIs Word, and guidance by His Spirit….and deliverance.