Victory†††† 1 Sam. 30:6-8, 18-25††† Aug. 28, 2016
All of us are† interested in victory because we play for the fun of it and it is more fun to win.
But in out text this victory is very serious business.† The enemy had taken sons, daughters and wives, as well as animals and equipment.† David and his men went through a time when it appeared they were defeated but they reversed the situation and took back all that had been taken away from them.† They even added some plunder that added to their experience.†† They certainly enjoyed this time of Victory.
1.†† Victory . . Related to Prayer.†† 1 Sam. 30:6-8
This time of defeat took away the confidence of the people and respect for David their leader.† They were talking of stoning him they were bitter because of their loses.† Many lost their sons, daughters and wives.†† Even David lost two of his wives.†† So David went to God in prayer after asking the priest to bring him the ephod.† The ephod was used to consult God in a time of crisis. That was probably done by means of the Urim and Thummim attached to the breastplate of the ephod.† This was asking if he should pursue the raiders and would he over take them?† Because God promised him victory he pursued and overtook them.† God gave them a great Victory as they got everything returned to them.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
2.††† Victory . . Recovering all the Enemy had Taken.†† 1 Sam. 30:18-20††††††††††††††††††††
When an army recovers everything an enemy takes from him he is very happy.† David took some sheep and cattle that were not part of what had been taken from them.† The people spoke of this as Davidís plunder.† I imagine all the people were most pleased at the return of the sons, daughters and wives that had been taken from them.† The earlier text tells us Abigail was one of Davidís wife that was rescued.† We can assume David Was very please to rescue these women.† The men praised God for victory in three areas as the Lord gave them the spoil; preserved them from death in war; and delivered the company of Amalekites into their hands.†
3.†† Victory . . Reasoned for All.†† 1 Sam. 30:21-25
Some of the soldiers did not want to share the spoils with the men who were to tired to go to battle.† David spoke strongly against this reasoning.† David wanted the men who were weak and stayed with the supplies to receive and equal share and that became the rule for all such thinking of the soldiers of Israel.† David regained his authority and respect as King and for his leadership.† We can tie it to his prayer life and the great experience of prayer David had before going to war as God assured him of his success before he went into battle.†† That is the kind of confidence and Victory a king likes to have even before he proceeds.† Amen?† Amen!†† †(To check for a more detailed outline.† Go to:† http://www.preachhim.org/SundaySchoolIndex.html)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††