Then Toi sent Joram his son unto king David, to salute him, and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer, and smitten him: for Hadadezer had wars with Toi. And Joram brought with him vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and vessels of brass: Which also king David did dedicate unto the LORD, with the silver and gold that he had dedicated of all nations which he subdued; Of Syria, and of Moab, and of the children of Ammon, and of the Philistines, and of Amalek, and of the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah. And David gat him a name when he returned from smiting of the Syrians in the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men. And he put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom put he garrisons, and all they of Edom became David's servants. And the LORD preserved David whithersoever he went. (2 Sam. 8:10-14)
Having understood that he would not build a temple and that the nation was not as secure as he had perceived, David set out against the neighboring lands and peoples to secure victory from all that had previously oppressed Israel and might do so again if given the opportunity. David quickly and decisively gained several major victories, even possessing their lands and securing not only Israel’s borders but garrisons and troops in the bordering lands as Israel grew. David was led by God to dispossess Israel’s former enemies and secure tribute and spoils which he dedicated to the Lord who gave him the victory. David understood that he had not made a name for himself but that God had preserved him and protected him as he went in service unto the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel.
When God leads us to take our battle to the enemy we can go in confidence knowing that God’s church does not retreat from the victory which God has already won and we have work to do. We do not war against people but are to stand in the power of God against spiritual wickedness and the powers which seem to control, albeit temporarily, this world and its systems. God will bring victory, just as He has already defeated sin and death, and in His time, He will bring about His purposes and plans. He has sent His people out in the world but not of it to reach the lost with the Good News of reconciliation and redemption, to teach all nations whatsoever He has commanded, and to preach His Word in season and out, and He will be with us whithersoever we go, for He will never leave us nor forsake us. Those who are born again by repentance and faith in Him and His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary are equipped and empowered to live in Him the life we were meant to live and share His love, mercy, and grace even as we proclaim His justice and judgment on all who are not in Him and the hope of Jesus Christ to whosoever will receive Him by faith. All that He gives and we have we dedicate unto Him and rejoice in our God, our Creator, Redeemer, and King, who will one day bring the final victory over all that oppose God.
Until that day, God has sent those of us who are His saints and know Him out into this world to reach the lost that they might be saved from sin. He desires that His people strive to be holy and obedient unto Him that we might minister to those around us who are hurting and in need as He provides. We serve others, equipped with the Word of reconciliation and righteousness, rightly divided and fitly spoken, that they may see Christ in us, the hope of Glory. Our God has commanded us to love one another with an unfeigned love, even as He first loved us, and to disciple one another in the Word of God so that we may all grow in grace and in the Knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Our Lord has commissioned those who are His with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, to go where He sends us in the power of the Holy Spirit. As we go, we are to proclaim the Good News of forgiveness through repentance and reconciliation with the Father through faith in His Son, that those who believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah of God might have life in His Name.
God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and the knowledge of the Truth. Jesus loves you and wants to establish a covenant relationship with you that is real and personal. Surrender to Him on His terms and He will give you a brand new life of discipleship and fellowship with Him that is abundant and everlasting. God calls you to faith in Christ and His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary to pay your sIn debt. He has provided the only way of reconciliation with God, forgiveness from God, and Salvation through Jesus Christ, the Son of God who is God the Son, to give you a new life in Christ. Turn away from yourself and your sIn and turn to Him alone for eternal Life, now and always.