Re:Verse passage – 2 Samuel 8 (day five)
“King David dedicated these articles to the Lord, as he had done with the silver and gold from all the nations he had subdued: The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.”
I believe David’s main goal or priority in the battles and wars in chapter 8 was not victory. He was indeed a mighty warrior and effective leader. Yet, I think His objective/purpose was something more meaningful and significant- obedience (to God). From David’s obedience came victory. There’s is a dramatic and noticeable difference between the two. If victory was the main goal, the focus and attention would have been on David. His own efforts, his own skill, and wisdom. There would have been no room for praise and gratitude to God. No place for dependence on Him. But, there was. Plenty! Obedience to God keeps the focus and attention on Him. Obedience causes thankfulness, humility, and dependence. We see these in David’s relationship with God in chapter 8. Is your goal only victory or something larger and more meaningful-obedience?