He Had A Great Army, Like The Army of God.

So David had his mighty men. Then he got even more. While waiting to become king a force was gathering behind him. One great thing about being a warrior for God is that if your motives are pure and true and if your strength is found in the original warrior, others will see it and gather around you.

David now has an army.

“These were the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he was banished from the presence of Saul son of Kish (they were among the warriors who helped him in battle; they were armed with bows and were able to shoot arrows or to sling stones right-handed or left-handed; they were relatives of Saul from the tribe of Benjamin) . . .

Some Gadites defected to David at his stronghold in the wilderness. They were brave warriors, ready for battle and able to handle the shield and spear. Their faces were the faces of lions, and they were as swift as gazelles in the mountains . . .

14 These Gadites were army commanders; the least was a match for a hundred, and the greatest for a thousand . . .

16 Other Benjamites and some men from Judah also came to David in his stronghold. 17 David went out to meet them and said to them, “If you have come to me in peace to help me, I am ready for you to join me. But if you have come to betray me to my enemies when my hands are free from violence, may the God of our ancestors see it and judge you.”

18 Then the Spirit came on Amasai, chief of the Thirty, and he said:

“We are yours, David!
We are with you, son of Jesse!
Success, success to you,
and success to those who help you,
for your God will help you.”

So David received them and made them leaders of his raiding bands.

19 Some of the tribe of Manasseh defected to David when he went with the Philistines to fight against Saul . . .  21 They helped David against raiding bands, for all of them were brave warriors, and they were commanders in his army. 22 Day after day men came to help David, until he had a great army, like the army of God.[b]

23 These are the numbers of the men armed for battle who came to David at Hebron to turn Saul’s kingdom over to him, as the Lord had said:

24 from Judah, carrying shield and spear—6,800 armed for battle;

25 from Simeon, warriors ready for battle—7,100;

26 from Levi—4,600, 27 including Jehoiada, leader of the family of Aaron, with 3,700 men, 28 and Zadok, a brave young warrior, with 22 officers from his family;

29 from Benjamin, Saul’s tribe—3,000, most of whom had remained loyal to Saul’s house until then;

30 from Ephraim, brave warriors, famous in their own clans—20,800;

31 from half the tribe of Manasseh, designated by name to come and make David king—18,000;

32 from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;

33 from Zebulun, experienced soldiers prepared for battle with every type of weapon, to help David with undivided loyalty—50,000;

34 from Naphtali—1,000 officers, together with 37,000 men carrying shields and spears;

35 from Dan, ready for battle—28,600;

36 from Asher, experienced soldiers prepared for battle—40,000;

37 and from east of the Jordan, from Reuben, Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh, armed with every type of weapon—120,000.

38 All these were fighting men who volunteered to serve in the ranks. They came to Hebron fully determined to make David king over all Israel. All the rest of the Israelites were also of one mind to make David king.”

– 1 Chronicles 12: 1 – 38

Whew. That was a large chunk of scripture. Did you make it all the way through? I did some editing, but I could not bare to cut any more of it. The point these verses are making, the point I am making by leaving most of it intact is that David proved to be more than a mere man. He had somehow convinced not just one small faction, but a variety of peoples and tribes to gather by his side. Even relatives and tribesmen of Saul’s left their current king to support the one anointed by God.

As warriors we may be called to do something very brave and very daring. We may be anointed to turn and look at our culture and see that it is no longer serving God. We may be called to dethrone a part of normal life. Whether it is a part of our own life, or a part that affects a group. We will be called to go against the norm.

Now, when this happens we will look and see the odds are against us. How is it possible for a shepherd boy to dethrone a king? It is absurd. It goes against everything David was probably taught. It goes against the law of the land, the son of the king should be next in line. The rest of the nation should be furious with David’s insolence.

You may use that excuse in your battle. “But God, I can’t refuse to go to that movie just because it is rated R! Everyone my age is going and I will be an outcast, and if I am an outcast how can I witness to them?” or maybe “Of course I can get a divorce. Our culture says it is okay. I am just not happy. I have fallen out of love. Going to counseling would be awkward and pointless. It is too hard to try.” or possibly “If I don’t have sex now everyone will know I am different. If I speak out about what I truly believe dating should be like no one will ever want to date me.”

We may be going against everything that seems “normal”. We may be facing up against culture itself. But if we look at David’s story, we learn that we will not have to do it alone. We can raise an army that is a “great army, like the army of God.” David started his journey alone. One anointed man against a king. After some time he collected a small band of brothers, mighty warriors. More time passed, and others saw that God’s hand was on David and that he was following a mightier calling than his own selfish gain. An army came to David and took up his banners and followed him in his calling.

It will take time. There will be struggles. We will be alone at times. We will want to give up. But, in the end, we will look around at God’s army and we will know that we are the anointed ones. We can ride into battle with our brothers and sisters in Christ and we can dethrone the lies, the demons, the evils, and the terrors of this world.

“We are yours, David!
We are with you, son of Jesse!
Success, success to you,
and success to those who help you,
for your God will help you.”

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About KrisFraser

I believe that this world, like me, is falling to pieces. It is trying to find itself, rearrange itself, and establish itself again, and again and again. This blog is me, standing at the edge of a lake, casting the smooth stones to make them skip, and to create as many ripples as I can. View all posts by KrisFraser

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