David inquired of God, saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? And will You give them into my hand?” Then the Lord said to him, “Go up, for I will give them into your hand.”
There are a real group of folk in Scottish society that we name “Weary Wullies” who always look at things on the dark side. Billy Connolly the comedian did a sketch about them confronted with a comment on the lovely weather, to which they replied shaking their head “aye we’ll pay fir this!” Then there are those more malicious enemies who seek to hurt others or even sabotage their good work; as David faced in today’s verse.
In verse 8 of the same chapter on hearing of David’s anointing as King of Israel his enemies the Philistines set out to ruin the celebrations. How true that is still in the Christian walk; there are those who seek to harm the work of God’s people. But we can take heart from the last line of that verse; that David did not fear the Philistines, going out to face them. He faced the Philistines not in his own strength, but in the strength of Almighty God. We too can face our enemies in His strength!
Dear reader, take heart from the example set for us by King David. Faced with those who would do him harm he sought Almighty God at the place of prayer, the throne of His Grace. He doesn’t mince his words but asks two direct questions, now that is how we should pray! The value of plain prayers is seen in that God answered David’s questions, just as directly. Thus, be encouraged brethren; when your enemies seek to hurt you take it to Father God in prayer – He will hear you.
I finished writing this post and turned to my wife Susan for a song suggestion to go with the title, and this is her choice without knowing exactly what I had written!