April 6th, 2019
David was to Attack the Philistines from Behind
1 Chronicles 14:13-16 (KJB) And the Philistines yet again spread themselves abroad in the valley. 14 Therefore David inquired again of God; and God said unto him, Go not up after them; turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. 15 And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines. 16 David therefore did as God commanded him: and they smote the host of the Philistines from Gibeon even to Gazer.
David sought God’s battle plans.
However, the Philistine’s relied upon their own directives and strategy for combat. Not only once, but numerous times the Philistines advanced towards Israel, but each time ran into trouble. Yet again they were in the valley approaching Israel for another skirmish.
Again, David sought God for His battle plans.
God directed David and his men to approach the coming men from behind by lying in wait in the trees. They were to wait for wind and come to this enemy from behind. This strategy indeed was a bit strange. However, David and his men waited in the treetops for the approaching enemy. This directive came from God and David did not question His strategy.
The men waiting in the trees watched as the Philistine’s edged toward Israel and at the right moment as the wind blew they leaped from the trees to circle around this persistent enemy from behind. God was involved in the plans of David’s army and swiftly brought victory to these men. The Philistines tried to go it alone without God and were once again defeated.
When God is the plotter, and He devises a battle plan a soldier and even an entire army can rest with full assurance for He knows exactly what He is doing. David and his men did not ask questions or hesitate to follow God’s plan. Although the battle strategy was a bit odd, the men trusted wholly in God.