The Philistines Defeated (2 Samuel 5:17 – 25; 1 Chronicles 14:8 – 17)

When the Philistines heard that David was anointed king, they went to search for him.  David went to the stronghold at Zion.  David inquired of God as to whether to fight the Philistines, and God told him to go.  David went to Baal Perazim and defeated the Philistines there.  The Philistines left there images there, and David’s men carried them away.  The Philistines once again camped against Israel in the Valley of Rephaim.  David inquired this time and the Lord said not to go up, but rather to come behind the Philistines in front of the mulberry trees.  He said, “when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall advance quickly. For then the LORD will go out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines.”  David did so, and drove back the Philistines to Gezer.

David was a man of war.  He was a warrior, a man of action.  He could probably have won most battles that he fought.  However, he shows a pattern here of seeking the will of God before entering into a battle. His is an example of how any person should decide what move to make.  He sought God prior to major decisions that affected not just him, but the men of Israel as well.  We do not see him seeking God for small skirmishes or attacks on cities, but at least for these major battles David sought God for guidance.  When he obeyed the instruction of the Lord, he was triumphant in battle.  Seek God for your decisions.  Seek God for your direction.  If you do, He will direct you into the best path for your life.  Seek God!

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