David’s Military Campaigns

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1 Chronicles 18:1-17, 1 Chronicles 19:1-19, 1 Chronicles 20:1-8, Psalm 110:1-3

Scripture is full of fascinating nuggets of information, hidden gems buried in lengthy genealogies, and descriptions of ordinary battles. I love finding these glimpses of God’s humor and creativity. I always chuckle when I read John say he was faster than Peter (John 20:4) or Paul preaching for so long that someone fell asleep and fell right out of a window (Acts 20:9). There’s Balaam’s talking donkey (Numbers 22:28–30) and Methuselah who lived more than 900 years (Genesis 5:27). David once presented Saul with 200 foreskins (1Samuel 18:27), and Samson killed a thousand men with a donkey jawbone (Judges 15:16).

In today’s passage, there is a great nugget along these same lines: “there was a man of extraordinary stature with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He, too, was descended from the giant. When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of David’s brother Shimei killed him” (1Chronicles 20:6–7).

The stories of David’s mighty battles have this incredibly detailed little parenthetical: a giant with twelve fingers and twelve toes is killed for taunting Israel. This giant was one of several mentioned toward the end of 1 Chronicles 20, which caps off a three-chapter list of battles David won. 

“The LORD made David victorious wherever he went” (1Chronicles 18:6). And in this particular stretch of Scripture, it’s true. These accounts fall directly after God made his covenant with David, promising him that a king from David’s line would rule forever. 

David and his armies defeated the Philistines, Moabites, Zobath, Arameans, and more. David tasted victory after victory. We know that David tasted failure after failure in other areas of his life (2 Samuel 11:27).

Life feels like that sometimes. A string of wins followed by deep challenges; perhaps one area of life is going well, and in another, you just can’t keep your head above water. But we are like David, anchored by a gift from God. David received a covenant blessing, and we have as well. When we believe in Jesus, our future—no matter life’s twists and turns—is guaranteed by His death on the cross and His defeat over the grave. 

Just like David’s sins cost him victories in his life, our own sin leads us away from God and walking with Him. But in the end, our victory is secure. Because the promise that God made to David came true in Jesus Christ. 

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  1. Natalie H says:

    “The Lord made victorious wherever went.” It is not what *we* do it is what the Lord has already done. – Sharing that with friends and a family today. Amen.

  2. Amy Francis says:

    While I was reading todays reading, it also stuck out to me that “THE LORD made David victorious” and was repeated twice in 1 Chronicles 18. Our success does not come from ourselves, but from Gods blessing in our lives and through us.

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  4. Mari says:

    Our future is secure. Again such comfort this morning. We may fail, I fail, but my life is guaranteed because of Jesus, and only because of Jesus! Happy FRIDAY sweet sisters! My favorite day of the week! We’re having an all staff meeting at 11 AM. Not sure where this is going but I know changes are coming up. Again. Not sure if I mentioned I had a meeting with upper management this week and expressed how I felt. Please pray as I’m trying to make wise decisions. But I’m waiting on God to make that move. I trust my God, my Jesus, Jehovah Jireh, He will continue to provide. And I won’t move until He tells me too.

  5. Rhonda J. says:

    Good morning She’s!

    @Searching0 Ha! I’m exhausted, that’s the word!

    But God is growing me. Stretching me for His good work. We know the end of the story, we even know that our life and time here is temporary and will come to an end as well. But what is God’s purpose for us? A big question, and we can’t possibly know the answer, but do we care or are we going to wait till the 3rd or 4th act of our reel? I get so encouraged when I see young people living their life for our almighty God! You young women that come here to read scripture and study the word every day! Trying to put God’s will first! I wish I would have had that desire at your age rather than trying to do it my own way. But God, at least my stubborn head did come to realize this. And I am in awe of the things he can do! We read the story of David, and the battles God fought for him, detailing the story that was weaved! When my friends read my story (my funeral and the memories spoken and thought), will they know I was led by God, my battles fought by the Lord? They will if they read my journals! haha. But i hope I have a glorious tale, from loser to victor, to failures to success, from worldly to sanctified! Thank you Lord Jesus! You are the leader of my life! I may have weakness and pain, but by your stripes I am healed…. God, be with my sisters, help us to look to you in ALL things, you make a way, the battle belongs to you, and you make us a victor!

    Thank you Lord for putting these prayer warriors in my life, they are dear! :)

  6. Jeanie Mclellan says:


  7. Hannah Oliver says:

    God thank you for your promises that are yes and amen! Thank you that even when I stumble, your word doesn’t shift or change- who You are doesn’t shift or change. You are constantly faithful. Praise you Jesus!

  8. Searching says:

    Awed by the Lord’s love and work in David’s life, and humbled by His love and work in our lives today. Despite his character flaws and times of poor judgment and sin, God’s love never wavered for David or His people and He came through for them again and again. Thanks to Jesus, all who are saved by His sacrifice are His people now. Praise His Holy Name! Praying that I focus on Him and His will & wisdom.

    RHONDA J – you are inspiring!

    BRIELLE HEBERT – praying for you and your family, and niece’s healing

    TRACI GENDRON – I hear you! ❤️