KEY SCRIPTURE: 2 Samuel 8:14 ” And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he garrisons, and all they of Edom became David’s servants. And the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went”.
2nd Samuel 8 talks about the great victories David won over his enemies. Indeed, no enemy could defeat him.
After defeating these enemies, he put garrisons or a military presence to rule over them. He made sure all his defeated ones never rose up against him one day. As children of God we must make sure every enemy or challenge we overcome has no grounds of showing its head again. Anything that could make it show up its head must be taken out of the way. It could be a particular sin to avoid, or you may have to step up your prayer life.
The story of David depicts the life of the Christian. He lived for God’s interest. Whatever the Christian does, is done in the name of the Lord. The Christian should never accept a mind of failure. He can’t fail since the Lord can’t fail. David never for once accepted he could be defeated in any battle. A look at all the subsequent Kings of Israel shows no king was as successful as David was. Why was he so successful? I believe David found the secret to life. Revelation 4:11. “Thou art worthy O Lord to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created”. All creation including man were created for God’s pleasure. We are here for him. We are only living when we live for him. David did nothing for his personal honour, but did everything to honor the heavenly father. God was likewise delighted in defending and promoting him, so he could further honor Him in all he did.
What do we find these days? People do things because of money, fame and even pleasure. Why should a man of God stage manage a miracle? Why should fellow Christians attack one another with slanderous stories that have no root? Muslims are ready to die for their faith, although they are not so sure of their final destination, as Christians know that Jesus died and rose again.
Apostle Paul stated clearly in Philippians 1:20 as follows “According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death”. He added that for me to live is Christ and to die is gain”. This is the secret to real living that attracts God’s approval and total support. David had God’s approval and total support and so he was exceedingly successful. You can also begin to win all battles around you if you also decide to live for God and not to use God to get what you want.
I live for God. It is Jesus who is alive in me. I am more than a conqueror for the greater one lives inside of me
Matthew 16:25 “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it”.
2 Samuel 8:11” Which also king David did dedicate unto the LORD, with the silver and gold that he had dedicated of all nations which he subdued;”