Day 97: Inquire withHIM (2 Sam. 1-5)

Posted: July 6, 2010 in Uncategorized

When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went down to the stronghold. Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim; so David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” The LORD answered him, “Go, for I will surely hand the Philistines over to you.” So David went to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them. He said, “As waters break out, the LORD has broken out against my enemies before me.” So that place was called Baal Perazim. The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them off. – 2 Sam. 5:17-21

David was a man who understood what it meant to be in constant communication with the LORD. Many times in his life story in Scripture, we see the words, “David inquired of the LORD.” What’s my next move? How should I move? When do I move? What is Your plan? David sought after God’s plan, and He blessed him richly for it, eventually fulfilling his promise to him, and making him king of Judah, and then king of all Israel (2 Sam. 5).

David’s journey to the throne was certainly a tumultuous one, full of narrow escapes, assassins, a jealous king with an anger problem (Saul), lost and found love (Michal), a best friend who was with him no matter what (Jonathan) and eventually, with God’s help, a clear destination – the anointed kingship of Israel. We all know that David is not perfect, as will be evidenced in later chapters in the coming days, but his ascension to the throne is quite remarkable, but there is one constant – his unwavering desire to inquire with the LORD, seeking God’s face and following through on His commands.

I’m reminded of those signs we see sometimes on the outside of storefronts – “Inquire Within” – asking those interested to seek managers if they need a job. When it comes to our spiritual lives, I almost feel like there should be one of those signs on the front of my Bible. “Inquire Within,” because the Bible has what you need. Maybe the sign should instead read, “Inquire WithHIM,” (typo intended) a nice little play on words, if I do say so myself!

David “inquired withHIM” on a constant basis, and there is no reason why we shouldn’t pursue the same attitude! Inquire of the LORD for everything, seek His face, pray to Him in reverence and thanksgiving, seeking His plan for your life. For David, God gave him Israel. He blessed him beyond his wildest imagination because he sought after Him, as the Bible says, “a man after God’s own heart.”

We are not perfect, by any stretch of the imagination, but God desires for us to inquire withHIM, not inquire within our own sinful hearts, giving in to our desires. Earnestly seek Him, and He will bless you too! The same God who blessed David will bless you too if you inquire withHIM.

This is something I struggle with on a daily basis, sincere, dedicated prayer; taking time out of my “busy” day to inquire of the LORD. Sure, I go through the motions from time to time, but I definitely need to work on my one-on-one time with God. Who knows? Maybe God is waiting to bless me in a big way, and is waiting for me to draw close to Him so He can show me what He has planned. Here’s to moving in that direction, and keeping my eyes open to His truth! It’s time to leave behind my “inquire within” attitude, and start inquiring withHIM!

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