by J. Randal Matheny, editor
“Afterward David inquired of the Lord, ‘Should I go up to one of the cities of Judah?’ The Lord told him, ‘Go up.’ David asked, ‘Where should I go?’ The Lord replied, ‘To Hebron'” (1 Samuel 2:1-2 NET).
Time and again, David inquired of the Lord. When he didn’t, he wound up in trouble.
Certainly, he would back up or repent. After the fiasco with Uzzah, once he heard the presence of the ark brought blessing upon the house of Obed-Edom, he did it right the second time by having the priests carry the ark (1 Samuel 6:10-15; 1 Chronicles 15:1-15).
But when he inquired of the Lord as to his next steps, be it moves or military tactics, he was always successful.
It is this David who loves to inquire of God that we know from the Psalms.
“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple” (Psalm 27:4 ESV).
“In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:4, 13).
David was a man after God’s own heart, because he relied on the word of the Lord.
He took God at his word, relied on his promises, trusted in his judgments, held on to hope in what God said, even when all evidence pointed to the contrary.
And when he had God’s word, he refused to trust in man’s advice:
“In the Lord I take refuge;
how can you say to my soul,
‘Flee like a bird to your mountain,
for behold, the wicked bend the bow;
they have fitted their arrow to the string
to shoot in the dark at the upright in heart; …'”
Instead of fear and flight, David knew the calm and confidence from trusting God’s guidance.
“I will praise the Lord who guides me;
yes, during the night I reflect and learn”
“By you I can crush a troop,
and by my God I can leap over a wall”
David inquired of God, and through those constant consultations, became the great figure of the Old Testament that we know him to be.
His example is most worthy of imitation.
David inquired of the Lord and always received the best guidance.