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It really did not matter the circumstance–David knew God was Israel’s only chance for freedom.  During the first part of his reign as King, he fought the Edomites, the Philistines, and several other groups that had creeped back into Israel.  Israel, while strong, was never victorious without God at their side.

Conversely, Israel was never defeated when God led the battle.  As King, David had the gift of being in tune with God and having God’s spirit

 lead him.  So, when David walked away–it could impact the entire nation.  David was giving God the due praise for leading Israel to victory and the acknowledgement that apart from God–Israel could do nothing.

In our lives, we also have the spirit of God to lead, guide and comfort us. Like David, when we are walking with him–we can enjoy hos presence and victory.  But, like David–apart from him, we can do nothing.  It makes the decision easy–follow and submit. Solomon, in Proverbs 3:5-6 said it best, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways–and he will make your path straight.”

God Bless You

 

My heart, O God, is steadfast;
    I will sing and make music with all my soul.
Awake, harp and lyre!
    I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
    I will sing of you among the peoples.
For great is your love, higher than the heavens;
    your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
    let your glory be over all the earth.

Save us and help us with your right hand,
    that those you love may be delivered.
God has spoken from his sanctuary:
    “In triumph I will parcel out Shechem
    and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.
Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim is my helmet,
    Judah is my scepter.
Moab is my washbasin,
    on Edom I toss my sandal;
    over Philistia I shout in triumph.”

10 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
    Who will lead me to Edom?
11 Is it not you, God, you who have rejected us
    and no longer go out with our armies?
12 Give us aid against the enemy,
    for human help is worthless.
13 With God we will gain the victory,
    and he will trample down our enemies.