And David Prayed
2 Samuel 5:6, 7, 10-12, 17-25
1. In this story, we see the Philistine army amassed against David and the people of Israel. David had now become king over the combined tribes of Judah and Israel. The Northern ten tribes, referred to as Israel, had been under Saul's son, Ishbosheth. Following the death of Saul's son, David was anointed king over both Judah and Israel, once again reuniting all 12 tribes (vs. 12).
2. When the Philistines heard that David was king over both the North and the South, they decided to invade Israel. No doubt, they felt that with his combined strength, he would now be a threat (vs. 17a); But when the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines came up to seek David...
3. David and his people were facing quite a challenge. The Philistines were no small matter, they were a sizable and formidable foe--a force to be reckoned with.
a. You know, there are times in our lives, like David, when we may feel confronted with a problem--a problem so great that without help, there would be no way out. David's enemies filled the entire valley--they were everywhere--north, south, east and west...everywhere he looked there was a Philistine soldier ready to attack.
4. You might say, ''Pastor Rodgers, that's exactly how I feel today, up against what seems to be impossible odds. Listen, God knew about David's dilemma, and friend, He knows about yours. And let me add; as in David's case, God always has a plan to resolve any issue in our lives. What did David do? He did the same thing we're to do, he prayed. The Bible says, ''And David enquired of the Lord.'' And that brings us again to the title of the message? And David prayed.
QUOTE: Thomas Kempis lived in the 16th century. He is famous for his book, Imitation of Christ. In chapter 29, he writes about the importance of calling on God in the midst of trouble. Let me share a brief quote:
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