I Chronicles 14 — The Chronicles begin with David’s rise to power. In this chapter David was assured of his rule over all Israel and the King of Tyre sought his friendship. It was at this moment of strength that the Philistines invaded. Their goal was to destroy David before he became too great a threat. They wanted to do to him what they had done to his predecessor Saul.
David’s response to the Philistines’ aggression and the way he handled his success on the battlefield provide vital lessons for us in dealing with our enemies and our successes in the Christian life. Success often leads to self-reliance and pride – this we must resist with all our strength!