When you get to your reading in 2 Samuel, chapter 8, it will make more sense why there was still war upon the land and why David was among those in the fight. You see, when we read the context of scripture, the Bible does make sense. However, when we don’t read the verses and chapters beforehand, confusion can set it. Therefore, all these wars may seem unnecessary and not make any sense. Well, for those people that do read the context, and therefore, these previous chapters, they would know that David asked God if it is was His will to go up to the Philistines in war, in order to defend His people from them. And you know what? God did answer his prayer. This is that encounter, 1“the Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim. And David enquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the Lord said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.” (2 Samuel 5:18,19) So we have God on David’s side, defending Him wherever he goes. So David went and smote the Philistines in that chapter and it continued in chapter 8, where it reads, 2“and after this it came to pass that David smote the Philistines, and subdued them: and David took Methegammah out of the hand of the Philistines. And he smote Moab, and measured them with a line, casting them down to the ground; even with two lines measured he to put to death, and with one full line to keep alive. And so the Moabites became David’s servants, and brought gifts.” (2 Samuel 8:1-2)
David also slew the Syrians in war, which were also against him, after sending out his men in 2“a thousand chariots, and seven hundred horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen.” (2 Samuel 8:4) 2“Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus: and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought gifts. And the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went.” (2 Samuel 8:6) So David continued to be watched over by the Lord, where the enemies were killed and not God’s holy seed from David. Even 2“king David did dedicate unto the Lord, with the silver and gold that he had dedicated of all nations which he subdued.” (2 Samuel 8:11) He got a lot of wealth from these wars but dedicated all his riches to God. This is a man that looks to God, and not his own self when it comes to money. Therefore, the Lord was able to continue to be with him. It is also written that in this time that 2“he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he garrisons, and all they of Edom became David’s servants. And the Lord preserved David whithersoever he went. And David reigned over all Israel; and David executed judgment and justice unto all his people.” (2 Samuel 8:14,15) This was David’s time and God had made it known among the people that would fight against him. Therefore, the Lord was able to use David for His glory, even though his personal life with women may not have been for God. You see, God can use anybody of faith, even while they are in sin. However, until they give their lives to the Lord like David did, later on, they will never know the Lord God personally for salvation.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I believe in You, God. You are all-powerful and can do all things for my life, for the greater good. I may not be ready to fight the battles in life, but with You on my side, I can come out victorious. Therefore, I ask You this day to come into my life fully. I am ready to make You the king of my life and allow You to use me for Your kingdom. I may have been hesitant to go all-in for what You want to do in my life, but I am ready now. I do not wish to have the enemy have his way in my life anymore. So please come and make me a shield of faith. Give me a sword to fight the enemy, even Your Word. The Bible is sharper than any two-edged sword. What You have spoken convicts my hearts to repentance, that I may live a life that pleases You. It also causes the enemy to freeze in his tracks, that He will have no room in my life any longer. I may be tempted still, but You are able to lead me out of temptation. This I pray that You will be with me and lead me far from the enemy. I trust that You can do all things in my life. Even sin can be removed from my heart if You desire it. I do not wish to walk in willful sin, but only to have You expel it from my heart, my mind, and my actions. I pray that people will look at me and see You. It is my desire to share Your love with all people, and by having Your light in me many more souls will be saved. Thank You, Jesus, for your forgiveness and mercy. I am grateful to see You moving in my life now and seeing where You will take me. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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