by Rev Joel Yong
1 Chronicles 14:9-17
Now the Philistines had come and made a raid in the Valley of Rephaim. And David inquired of God, Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand? And the Lord said to him, Go up, and I will give them into your hand. And he went up to Baal-perazim, and David struck them down there. And David said, God has broken through my enemies by my hand, like a bursting flood. Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim. And they left their gods there, and David gave command, and they were burned. And the Philistines yet again made a raid in the valley. And when David again inquired of God, God said to him, You shall not go up after them; go around and come against them opposite the balsam trees. And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then go out to battle, for God has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.
And David did as God commanded him, and they struck down the Philistine army from Gibeon to Gezer. And the fame of David went out into all lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations.
He was an experienced military commander and had many victories under his belt.
But note that his response to an invading army, was to seek out God’s view.
He didn’t say-
¤ Oh we have done this before and can do it again.
¤ Remember when I sent them packing after I slew Goliath?
He asked God what to do.
His confidence did not lie in his abilities or his history. It was founded in who God is and what God wants to do.
May that be the same for us.
It’s so tempting to rely on what we know we can accomplish through our experience of how we have done things before.
But it is wiser to lean on God’s wisdom for he sees all things.