2 Samuel 5:17-25.. 17 When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek out David; 19 Then David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will You give them into my hand?” And the Lord said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.” 20 So David came… and defeated them there;
22 Now the Philistines came up once again and spread themselves out in the valley of Rephaim. 23 When David inquired of the Lord, He said, “You shall not go directly up; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees. 24 It shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then you shall act promptly, for then the Lord will have gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines.” 25 Then David did so, just as the Lord had commanded him, and struck down the Philistines
David inquired of the Lord how to proceed before both battles. For the 1st battle, He said go up but the instructions for the 2nd battle were detailed. In both battles, David was obedient and victorious.
This again raises the question about how David communicated with the Lord. After intense study, meditation and prayer over the last 3 weeks I believe David ask God directly as stated in vv.19 & 23 and God answered him by the Holy Spirit. David had the Word of God and the Spirit with him and received inspiration from the Spirit to write at least 75 Psalms. A
David did not always ask for God’s guidance, usually with disastrous results like when he decided to move the ark to Jerusalem or stayed home from the battle. B
Am I always faithful in seeking guidance from the Word, Spirit, and mind of Jesus before making decisions? C
Notes: A- For more information on my previous study click here; B- 2 Samuel 6:1-11, 11:1-22; C- For how we can make Spirit-led decisions now click here.
Henry Luke 6/25/2018
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