There some things in this portion of scripture that really stood out to me. First, David was careful to ask God what he should do (unlike when they tried the first time to bring the Ark back). Second, he did it exactly as God commanded, and then was careful to say ‘God did it’. Children love to say ‘I did it’ when they accomplish something they think is important. But here, we see David being careful to say, ‘God did it’. On a side note; when the Philistines were defeated and left idols, David ordered them to be burned, so that they would not be a temptation to him or his men.
How many times do I want to say, ‘I did it’ or ‘See what I have done/accomplished’? If I ask God for direction, for strength, for help, then I need to be careful to say, ‘God did it’.
Lord, You are so good, and so patient with me! We laugh when children say, ‘I did it’ because it is cute, and they are so proud! If I say ‘I did it’ when I know it is really You, forgive me, and help me always to remember who really did it. I love You. AMEN
My whole being, praise the Lord. Lord my God, You are very great. You are clothed with glory and majesty. I am happy in the Lord. Psalm 104
God Did It
8 When the Philistines heard that David had been made king of all Israel, they went to look for him. But David heard about it and went out to fight them. 9 The Philistines had attacked and robbed the people in the Valley of Rephaim. 10 David asked God, “Should I go and attack the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” The LORD answered him, “Go, I will hand them over to you.” 11 So David and his men went up to the town of Baal Perazim and defeated the Philistines. David said, “Like a flood of water, God has broken through my enemies by using me.” So that place was named Baal Perazim. 12 The Philistines had left their idols there, so David ordered his men to burn them. 13 Soon the Philistines attacked the people in the valley again. 14 David prayed to God again, and God answered him, saying, “Don’t attack the Philistines from the front. Instead, go around them and attack them in front of the balsam trees. 15 When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then attack. I, God, will have gone out before you to defeat the Philistine army.” 16 David did as God commanded, and he and his men defeated the Philistine army all the way from Gibeon to Gezer. 17 So David became famous in all the countries, and the LORD made all nations afraid of him. (1 Chronicles 14:8-17 NCV)
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