Believe it or not this week we will be back in II Samuel. You may remember from a few months ago that we had gotten through II Samuel 7 in which the LORD established His covenant with David.
David had wanted to build a house for the LORD, but it was the LORD who was going to build Davidâ€™s house. Davidâ€™s response was a heartfelt prayer of praise to God.
In chapter 8 we see David and his army fighting enemies to the North, South, East and West. These, however, are not simple tribal skirmishes which took place a long time ago in a far away place.
In each case David was victorious because the LORD was with him in fulfillment of His covenant promises (made to the fathers and confirmed in the previous chapter). v. 6b,14b
More importantly, David is a type of His descendant Jesus who also conquers Godâ€™s enemies.
Davidâ€™s neighbors had a choice. They could submit to the LORDâ€™s anointed and enjoy peace, or they could oppose him and be destroyed.
Al people today face the same choice as to whether to fight Jesus or to submit to Him.
Finally our study of Davidâ€™s warfare applies to us today. It is not an example for our national foreign policy because there is no theocracy in this age (John 18:36).
Believers today are engaged in spiritual warfare in a hostile world. Like David, we fight in the LORDâ€™s strength. He has given us all of the resources we need to prevail because of Christ (Eph. 6:10ff).