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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Tuesday, April 18: 2 Samuel 3-5; Luke 14:25-35 ~ Jody
"17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king of Israel, they mobilized all their forces to capture him. But David was told they were coming, so he went into the stronghold.18 The Philistines arrived and spread out across the valley of Rephaim.19 So David asked the Lord, “Should I go out to fight the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?”
The Lord replied to David, “Yes, go ahead. I will certainly hand them over to you.”
20 So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “The Lord did it!” David exclaimed. “He burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So he named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”).21 The Philistines had abandoned their idols there, so David and his men confiscated them.
22 But after a while the Philistines returned and again spread out across the valley of Rephaim.23 And again David asked the Lord what to do. “Do not attack them straight on,” the Lord replied. “Instead, circle around behind and attack them near the poplar[p] trees.24 When you hear a sound like marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees, be on the alert! That will be the signal that the Lord is moving ahead of you to strike down the Philistine army.”25 So David did what the Lord commanded, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Gibeon[q] to Gezer.” 2 Samuel 5:17-25
David is such a great example here of how to ask and obey God's guidance. The first time the Philistine's spread out in the valley of Rephaim, David simply asks God for strategy - then obeys. Then later in this passage, the Philistines line up again in the same valley and David goes straight back to God for guidance and obeys the different orders. Most of us would just do another repeat of what worked last time, but not David. He goes back to God for new marching orders. What an intimate and deep relationship he had with God!!
Lord, help me to be so close and so dependant on you that when I am faced with decisions - and situations I've had victory over in the past - I come first to you. Help me to ask and obey Lord with complete trust in your voice and your plan. Amen