So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated them there and said, “Like a bursting flood, the Lord has burst out against my enemies before me.” Therefore, he named that place the Lord Bursts Out. (2 Samuel 5:20)
[What lead up to the Lord bursting out?]
All the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Here we are, your own flesh and blood. 2 Even while Saul was king over us, you were the one who led us out to battle and brought us back. The Lord also said to you, ‘You will shepherd My people Israel and be ruler over Israel.’” 3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron. King David made a covenant with them at Hebron in the Lord’s presence, and they anointed David king over Israel. 4 David was 30 years old when he began his reign; he reigned 40 years. 5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months, and in Jerusalem he reigned 33 years over all Israel and Judah. 6 The king and his men marched to Jerusalem against the Jebusites who inhabited the land. The Jebusites had said to David: “You will never get in here. Even the blind and lame can repel you”; thinking, “David can’t get in here.” 7 Yet David did capture the stronghold of Zion, that is, the city of David. 8 He said that day, “Whoever attacks the Jebusites must go through the water shaft to reach the lame and the blind who are despised by David.” For this reason it is said, “The blind and the lame will never enter the house.” 9 David took up residence in the stronghold, which he named the city of David. He built it up all the way around from the supporting terraces inward. 10 David became more and more powerful, and the Lord God of Hosts was with him. 11 King Hiram of Tyre sent envoys to David; he also sent cedar logs, carpenters, and stonemasons, and they built a palace for David. 12 Then David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of His people Israel. (2 Samuel 5:1-12)
1. David realized his position (v. 12)
In Acts 17:26, it tells us that He has determined our appointed times and the boundaries where we live. He placed David in his kingship at the appointed time, and David knew that. HE WAS AWARE. We have to stop going through life thinking the classes we’re put in with the people we’re put in them with are coincidences. We’re there for a reason.
17 When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they all went in search of David, but he heard about it and went down to the stronghold. 18 So the Philistines came and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim.19 Then David inquired of the Lord: “Should I go to war against the Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?” The Lord replied to David, “Go, for I will certainly hand the Philistines over to you.” 20 So David went to Baal-perazim and defeated them there and said, “Like a bursting flood, the Lord has burst out against my enemies before me.” Therefore, he named that place the Lord Bursts Out. 21 The Philistines abandoned their idols there, and David and his men carried them off.22 The Philistines came up again and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. 23 So David inquired of the Lord, and He answered, “Do not make a frontal assault. Circle around behind them and attack them opposite the balsam trees. 24 When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, act decisively, for then the Lord will have marched out ahead of you to attack the camp of the Philistines.” 25 So David did exactly as the Lord commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Geba to Gezer. (2 Samuel 5:17-25)
2. David gave his position to God and sought His guidance (v. 19, 23)
The word LORD is said in this passage 8 times. That’s cool in itself, but when you look at a chronological time table, you can see why David asks of the Lord so much. Our Bibles are arranged in books, which makes sense. That’s how God wanted it. There are some stories in certain books that align, like the Gospels or the Chronicles, Kings, and Samuels. Some stories are repeated, and some are only recorded in that book. A lot that goes on between David realizing his position and inquiring of the Lord that isn’t recorded in 2 Samuel, but in 1 Chronicles. One huge thing that happens is David attempts to move the Ark of the Covenant.
David consulted with all his leaders, the commanders of hundreds and of thousands. 2 Then he said to the whole assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and if this is from the Lord our God, let us spread out and send the message to the rest of our relatives in all the districts of Israel, including the priests and Levites in their cities with pasturelands, that they should gather together with us. 3 Then let us bring back the ark of our God, for we did not inquire of Him in Saul’s days.” 4 Since the proposal seemed right to all the people, the whole assembly agreed to do it. 5 So David assembled all Israel, from the Shihor of Egypt to the entrance of Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim. 6 David and all Israel went to Baalah (that is, Kiriath-jearim that belongs to Judah) to take the ark of God from there, which is called by the name of the Lord who dwells between the cherubim. 7 At Abinadab’s house they set the ark of God on a new cart. Uzzah and Ahio were guiding the cart. 8 David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before God with songs and with lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets. 9 When they came to Chidon’s threshing floor, Uzzah reached out to hold the ark because the oxen had stumbled. 10 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah, and He struck him dead because he had reached out to the ark. So he died there in the presence of God. 11 David was angry because of the Lord’s outburst against Uzzah, so he named that place Outburst Against Uzzah, as it is still named today. 12 David feared God that day and said, “How can I ever bring the ark of God to me?” 13 So David did not move the ark of God home[d] to the city of David; instead, he took it to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 14 The ark of God remained with Obed-edom’s family in his house for three months, and the Lord blessed his family and all that he had. (1 Chronicles 13:1-14)
David’s key mistakes:
1. David only asked his generals. (v. 1)
This makes sense, but David doesn’t ask God at all. And God doesn’t tell David to do it. It’s just David and his officials’ idea THEY came up with.
2. David pretends that he DID ask God.(v. 2)
“If you approve and if it is the will of our God…let’s bring back the ark.” Well how would David know God’s will if he didn’t ask Him? Sometimes we do this very thing. We ask friends and family for advice, which is good, God placed them in our lives for a reason, but then we’ll not ask God. Yet when we talk about the decision we’ll say, ‘I just hope it’s God’s will.’ Seems bogus to hope and guess when He will reveal it to us if we ask.
3. David doesn’t follow God’s instructions.(v. 6-7)
In Numbers, God has specific instructions about moving the ark. First, only the Levites(priests) were supposed to do it, not all of Israel. Second, it had to be put on a set of poles and carried, but David carries the ark on a wheel barrow(basically), just like the Philistines(enemies) did!! Finally, it was never to be touched, and old Uzzah touches it. Reasons for God being so specific: the Sovereignty of His Presence.
All of this history and background to make show us how things go terribly wrong when we don’t ask God. David addresses God multiple times to not make the same mistake again. In this passage in Samuel, the name of God is LORD, meaning “the one to whom I belong.” David became totally submissive to what God wanted.
[What happened after?]
22 The Philistines came up again and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim. 23 So David inquired of the Lord, and He answered, “Do not make a frontal assault. Circle around behind them and attack them opposite the balsam trees. 24 When you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, act decisively, for then the Lord will have marched out ahead of you to attack the camp of the Philistines.” 25 So David did exactly as the Lord commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines all the way from Geba to Gezer. (2 Samuel 5:22-25)
Idols were abandoned. (v. 25)
The enemy abandons they’re idols because they were helpless and insignificant. They’re idols did NOTHING, and they saw how David’s God did EVERYTHING. They saw God move and couldn’t deny his power. I want God to move in my life and in this youth group’s lives in such a way that people who don’t believe can’t deny His power.
Burst Out here literally means “something being filled to its max capacity and being filled a little bit more that it bursts.”
That is my prayer. That my life, and every believer’s life is a continuous pattern of God bursting out, preparing to burst out, or just getting through bursting out.
I want to close with Ephesians 3:20-21: “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than anything we could ask or imagine according to His power that works in us—to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever, Amen.”