First Chronicles 14 Commentary
We have the king of Tyre, Hiram, who thinks very highly of David. He even sends him gifts. On the other hand, is the Philistine Community that thinks of David as a thorn in the flesh. Their mission is to find and destroy David. He should not exist at all.
At any one given point in the saint’s life, these opposing forces are very active. No single night is so dark as to have no single ray of light here and there. Equally, no day is so bright as to have no shades of darkness here and there. The LORD has subjected humanity to this kind of existence. Yes, countless blessings on one side, but also a couple of troubles here and there on the other side.
David said yes to the blessings but he resisted the interruptions posed by the Philistine armies. This should be the saint’s reaction to the problems that threaten the blessings. Let there be no truce. Let the appearance of trouble be a battle frontier. David didn’t submit to the burden of trouble but faced it and the LORD brought about great victories.
While Hiram is mobilizing stonemasons and carpenters, the enemy is busy mobilizing army commanders and foot soldiers for an assault on David. While Hiram is arranging timber for David’s palace, the enemy is busy putting its armory in order. In the midst of blessings, the enemy loams. The mission is to find and destroy.
Representing these battles today is a complex world of sin. The saint must find her feet against this enemy. The mission for this enemy remains the same: find and destroy. Sin shows up to destroy the saint. It may be masked in beauty and sweetness but the objective is always the same: find and destroy.
We learn from David that the enemy must be faced and fought in the LORD’s name. Equally, sin must be fought and defeated in the LORD’s name. But it will show up again, probably in a different package but it must be fought again and again. The LORD has guaranteed victory.
I have a lying problem. Or maybe a drunkenness problem. LORD, shall I go and attack it? Will you deliver it into my hands? The LORD will always say yes. “Go, I will deliver them into your hands.” Yes, we can ask the LORD to help us overcome sin problems. And the LORD will always help. Victory is always certain.
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