Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
1 Chronicles 18:1 (NIV)
In the course of time, David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and he took Gath and its surrounding villages from the control of the Philistines.
1 Chronicles 18:1 (MSG)
In the days that followed, David struck hard at the Philistines, bringing them to their knees, captured Gath, and took control of the surrounding countryside.
“After this it came about that David defeated and subdued the Philistines, and he took Gath and its villages out of the hand of the Philistines.” -AMPLIFIED
What we see happening in 1 Chronicles 18 was only possible because of what happened in David’s encounter with God in 1 Chronicles 17. That sweet communion inspired him in such a strong way; that he went about his kingly duties with extraordinary vigor and courage. We find also that God was blessing David’s monarchy immensely.
We find here in 1 Chronicles 18 David conquering many of the surrounding nations that had been a thorn in Israel’s flesh for a very long time. First he conquered the Philistines. Then it was the Moabites. Next, vanquishes Hadarezer, king of Zobah. He then defeats the Syrians of Damascus, and takes several of their cities. Tou, king of Hamath, became overjoyed at David’s defeat of Hadarezer; for he himself has been at war with Hadarezer. In order to congratulate David on that victory Tou sent him vessels of silver, gold, and brass. These things David dedicated to the Lord God for use in the Tabernacle; along with all the gold and silver that he had taken as spoils from the various battles.
“By subduing these nations, David not only secures the safety of Israel, but he reaffirms God’s selection of Israel as His people over all the other nations in the land.” -VOICE footnote
We need to notice as well that God was not just blessing David, but also those who worked shoulder-to-shoulder with him. We are told that one of his chiefs, Abishai (son of Zeruiah), defeated 18,000 Edomites in the valley of Salt. This chapter even winds up with a list of men who were blessed in their own duties because of the ripple effect of the blessings that God had bestowed on David.
“David was a just and righteous ruler over all Israel—over his people and the lands he conquered. Joab (son of Zeruiah) led the army; Jehoshaphat (son of Ahilud) was the recorder; Zadok (son of Ahitub) and Abimelech (son of Abiathar) were priests; Shavsha was secretary; Benaiah (son of Jehoiada) governed the Cherethites and the Pelethites. David’s own sons were his trusted chiefs giving him advice.” -1 Chronicles 18:14-17 (VOICE)
We are told in verse 13 something very important:
* “The Eternal helped David wherever he went.” -(VOICE)
* “Thus the Lord helped David wherever he went.” -(AMP)
* “God gave David victory wherever he marched.” -(MSG)
* “The Lord gave David victory wherever he went.” -(NIV)
All of this was made possible because David sought God’s direction in his life and submitted to God’s plans for him. David was obedient. God blessed David and that blessing was just like a stone being dropped into the surface of a quiet pond; it had a ripple effect. The blessing did not just touch David’s life, but many, many others; all because he chose to be obedient.
“The Lord has given us a table at which to feast, not an altar on which a victim is to be offered; He has not consecrated priests to make sacrifice, but servants to distribute the sacred feast.” ~John Calvin
Scripture has much to tell us about the need to share God’s blessings with others:
* “The generous man [is a source of blessing and] shall be prosperous and enriched, and he who waters will himself be watered [reaping the generosity he has sown]. The people curse him who holds back grain [when the public needs it], but a blessing [from God and man] is upon the head of him who sells it.” -Proverbs 11:25-26 (AMP)
* “The servant who knows what his master wants and ignores it, or insolently does whatever he pleases, will be thoroughly thrashed. But if he does a poor job through ignorance, he’ll get off with a slap on the hand. Great gifts mean great responsibilities; greater gifts, greater responsibilities!” -Luke 12:47-48 (MSG)
* “So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God.” -Philippians 1:9-11 (MSG)
* “But I will say this to encourage your generosity: the one who plants little harvests little, and the one who plants plenty harvests plenty. Giving grows out of the heart—otherwise, you’ve reluctantly grumbled “yes” because you felt you had to or because you couldn’t say “no,” but this isn’t the way God wants it. For we know that “God loves a cheerful giver.” -2 Corinthians 9:6-7(VOICE)
* “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” -Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)
Take the time to bless someone today. Do an act of kindness. Reach out and lend a helping hand. Say a kind word to someone who needs it. Smile at someone who looks sad. Take the time to be a blessing and stand back and watch the ripple effect.
“God didn’t add another day to your life because you needed it. He did it because someone out there needs you!” ~ UNKNOWN
Lord, help me to be a blessing to others today. I know that the blessings that you have given me were not intended for me to keep to myself, but to share with others. Help me to be generous in sharing them. Help me to let my light shine brightly for you as I try to bless another. Every day is a new opportunity, Lord, to bless someone for you. Begin that ripple effect in me.