“And David inquired of God, "Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?" (v12). During King David’s most successful years of reign, he was eagerly pursuing Israel’s enemies while asking for God’s guidance and help. Even though his wealth and status increased, he remained connected to the Lord as he had been as a young man. He attacked when and how God directed (v10, 15), and he attributed his victories to the Lord’s intervention (v11). Tragically, years later, he allowed his own desires to control him.
“And David did as God commanded him …” (v16). Our energies, resources, and gifts are blessings, not temptations, when we submit them for the Lord’s use.