2 Samuel 8–When God Leads, David Wins

First David was restored, then God gave him rest. After that, God began to give David victories and a reputation that would bring peace to the nation throughout his reign. As a leader, David was relentless, brutal and practical. He subdued all of Israel’s major enemies and he posted garrisons to assure there would be no uprisings.  Most importantly, David dedicated the spoils and his victories to the Lord. God received the gold and the jewels. God received the glory and God received David’s unyielding allegiance.
 
In our lives, we continue to face the daily battles of life. As we do we are given the choice of yielding to God’s leadership or taking personal control of our lives. It is difficult to continue to trust God as the enemies in our lives bear down.   The truth is, that with God’s leadership if we continue to move forward and trust the Lord; God will himself lead us through the journey with peace and purpose and allow us to have an abundant and fruitful life. We will at times question the plan and the path…But, God created us and knew from the beginning of time exactly what would transpire and when it would occur. 
 
Like David, we can never lose hope, never give up, and never retake the lead–for, that will be our ultimate undoing.  Help me, Lord to trust and follow You.
 
God Bless You

In the course of time, David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and he took Metheg Ammah from the control of the Philistines.

David also defeated the Moabites. He made them lie down on the ground and measured them off with a length of cord. Every two lengths of them were put to death, and the third length was allowed to live. So the Moabites became subject to David and brought him tribute.

Moreover, David defeated Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah, when he went to restore his monument at[a] the Euphrates River. David captured a thousand of his chariots, seven thousand charioteers[b] and twenty thousand foot soldiers. He hamstrung all but a hundred of the chariot horses.

When the Arameans of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David struck down twenty-two thousand of them. 6 He put garrisons in the Aramean kingdom of Damascus, and the Arameans became subject to him and brought tribute. The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.

David took the gold shields that belonged to the officers of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. From Tebah[c] and Berothai, towns that belonged to Hadadezer, King David took a great quantity of bronze.

When Tou[d] king of Hamath heard that David had defeated the entire army of Hadadezer,10 he sent his son Joram[e] to King David to greet him and congratulate him on his victory in battle over Hadadezer, who had been at war with Tou. Joram brought with him articles of silver, of gold and of bronze.

11 King David dedicated these articles to the Lord, as he had done with the silver and gold from all the nations he had subdued: 12 Edom[f] and Moab, the Ammonites, and the Philistines, and Amalek. He also dedicated the plunder taken from Hadadezer son of Rehob, king of Zobah.

13 And David became famous after he returned from striking down eighteen thousand Edomites[g] in the Valley of Salt.

14 He put garrisons throughout Edom, and all the Edomites became subject to David. The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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