Praying Through the Bible #20 | with Daniel Whyte III
TEXT: 2 Samuel 5:17-25
We are in a series of messages titled “Praying Through the Bible: A Series on Every Passage and Verse Regarding Prayer in the Bible”. The purpose of this series is to encourage and motivate you to pray to the God of the Bible. We highlighted each of these over 500 verses and passages in the new Prayer Motivator Devotional Bible. So far, we have done 19 messages in this series.
This is message #20 titled “How to Get Winning Instructions from God”.
Our passage for today describes an important time during the history of the nation of Israel. King Saul had been killed in battle and David had just taken his God-ordained place as the new king of Israel. God had removed his blessings from the disobedient leadership of Saul, and now that David was in place as King, the country could move forward with a leader who truly had a heart after God. Brighter days were ahead for the nation of Israel.
However, whenever God’s people are moving forward in a positive direction, there will always be opposition. Someone once said that if there is no opposition to God’s work, one has to wonder whether or not God’s work is truly being done.
And so, here in this passage, we see that before David can get settled in as king of Israel, he receives word of opposition in the form of the Philistines. The Bible says that “when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David” and the “Philistines also came and spread themselves in the valley of Rephaim” to prepare themselves for war.
I want you to notice today, how David responded to this opposition.