2 Samuel 5:22–23 (ESV): 23 And when David inquired of the Lord, he said, “You shall not go up; go around to their rear, and come against them opposite the balsam trees.
This is the second time in this chapter that David inquired of the Lord. But before that, we read that David knew God had established his kingdom because God exalted David’s kingdom for the sake of the people of Israel (v. 12). We also read that David became greater and greater because God was with him (v. 10). In verse 3, the people made a covenant with David before God.
David’s power and wisdom was a result of his close relationship and reliance upon God. If we would have God’s blessing upon us, we must have God with us.
Truly, David was a mighty warrior and appears to have been skilled in battle and strategy, but it also seems clear that this skill came because of his closeness to God.
Heavenly Father, I pray for a closer relationship to you. May I live submitted to your will. May I listen closely for the Spirit’s voice at all times. May I seek to honor Jesus in all I do. Amen.