Enjoying God’s PROTECTION in our DAILY BATTLES: "When the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer king of Zobah, David killed twenty-two thousand of the Syrians. Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became David's servants, and brought tribute. The Lord preserved David wherever he went. And David made himself a name when he returned from killing eighteen thousand Syrians in the Valley of Salt. He also put garrisons in Edom; throughout all Edom he put garrisons, and all the Edomites became David's servants. And the Lord preserved David wherever he went." (2 Sam 8:5-6, 13-14)
When David became established as king internally within the country of Israel, he looked at the neighboring heathen countries that surrounded Israel from all directions and saw that they could attack Israel at any moment as they had done in the past. So, instead of waiting for an attack from outside, David led Israel to fight with the enemies of Israel. 2 Samuel 8 gives us a brief record of the major conquests of David, which included Israel’s battle with the Philistines (v.1), Moabites (v.2, 12), Zobahites (v.3-4), Syrians (v.5-8, 13), Ammonites (v. 12), Amalekites (v.12) and Edomites (v. 14). David was victorious in all his military conquests and he managed to subdue all the enemies of Israel!
However, a close reading of the passage brings out the role that God played in those battles, and this is repeated twice in verses 6 and 14 that “the Lord preserved David wherever he went”. During any of the battles, David could easily have got hit by a stray arrow and got killed instantaneously. However, God had installed a protective covering around David, so he was not hurt, let alone killed, during the numerous battles that he fought. So the question arises – why did God preserve and protect David wherever he went?
To get the answer of this question, we should examine one of the psalms in the Bible – Psalms 121, which ends with these verses: "The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth and even forevermore" (Psalms 121:7-8). This is a unilateral promise from God that applied to David’s life completely. However, this promise is not available to everyone, but only to that person who literally looks up to God for help. Let us examine that psalm and see how it starts: "I will lift up my eyes to the hills--from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth" (Psalms 121:1-2).
There is a lesson for us from today’s passage – if we are to enjoy God’s protection in our daily battles as well, we should literally look up to God every day for help. Remember, God made the heaven and earth, and we can never find a better person than God to give us protection. Unlike King David who had heathen kings and their armies as his enemy, we have a ‘real’ enemy in Satan and his legion (Ephesians 6:12), who is attacking us every day from all fronts (1 Peter 5:8-9). Can we look to God for help today so that He will protect and preserve us in all our daily battles as well?