Archive for July 4th, 2015

1 Chronicles 14

1 Chronicles 14 has more about King David and his leadership.  He knew that God was with him.  “David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of his people Israel”.  That is one of the things we need to seek in our leadership – clarity around God’s direction and desire for our life.  David was the man God had selected and anointed.  He was the man God was planning to use to restore his people and lead them well.

But that didn’t mean there wouldn’t be challenges.  “All the Philistines went up to search for David”.  He was the selected king but there was resistance and enemies to be dealt with.  David found out the Philistines were coming, but he didn’t just assemble his army and take them on.  He wisely “inquired of God, Shall I go up against the Philistines”?  Here’s a leadership lesson for all of us.  When faced with a challenge we need to go to God and get direction, not just try and deal with it ourselves.

God hears David’s prayer and strikes down the Philistines.  But they weren’t done being a problem.  They reassemble and decide to come again.  Now it is a real testimony to David’s understanding of his role as leader when we see him again go to God for direction.  Many leaders would just head out to battle to take on the enemy.  After all, they defeated them the first time so it should not be different this time.  But David wisely seeks God’s direction and it was different.  This time he was to wait upon God to act before taking his troops to battle.

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”.  This time God wanted to be sure everyone knew He was doing the work.  So David did as God commanded and waited for the sound of troops before he began to march his own to strike down the enemy.  Another victory, but definitely from God.  As a result “the fame of David went out into all lands, and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations”.

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