When David was told, ‘Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing-floors,’ he enquired of the Lord, saying, ‘Shall I go and attack these Philistines?’
The Lord answered him, ‘Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.’
But David’s men said to him, ‘Here in Judah we are afraid. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the Philistine forces!’
Once again David enquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered him, ‘Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.’
After being anointed by Samuel, David became Saul’s armour bearer. Then, following his defeat of Goliath he became a high-ranking army officer under Saul. David became very successful and earned a reputation greater than Saul’s reputation. This made Saul feel so threatened that he tried to kill David. David was forced to flee for his life and was constantly on the run trying to avoid Saul. He began to gather men who helped him to fight battles.
One of the hallmarks of David’s decision making is that ‘he enquired of the LORD’. This phrase is used at least six times in 1 and 2 Samuel. Unlike Saul, who tended to take matters into his own hands and ignore God, David regularly made a point of asking God for direction, especially before going into battle.
How do we make important decisions in our lives? Do we rush in and do whatever we want? Or do we take time to consider what God’s priorities are?
David did not sit around waiting for God to give him directions on every small matter in life. But he did not take military success for granted. He developed a close relationship with God and he genuinely wanted God’s perspective on which battles he was supposed to be fighting.
The story of David: Part 5 Read 1 Samuel chapters 21 to 25.