Defeating the Enemy
God promises to be with us in all situations–in the good times and bad. His word says in Psalm 46:1:
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” God also says, “Do not fear, for I am with you. … I will strengthen you and help you” Isaiah 41:10.
What does God promise his people? Relief from troubles in this world, relief from troubles in this life. Faithful people throughout the centuries are witlessness to dramatic deliverance from sickness, from financial constraints, from all manner of troubles. God was also with David at every point. We can’t do it alone. God helps us in ways that we probably are not even aware. God IS our strength and our song!
Israel’s constant enemy to the west was Philistia. For many years these people had dominated Israel and had garrisoned troops within the borders of Israel. They were a constant threat to the security of the kingdom. David moved his army and went out to defeat all the surrounding heathen nations. He slew twenty-two thousand men in the battles. He also put garrisons in Edom, and all the Edomites became David’s servants. The remainder of the Syrians were forced into the position of bringing tribute regularly to David. Much wealth in gold and bronze and silver was brought back as spoil to Jerusalem.