When David was told, “Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors,” he inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?”
The Lord answered him, “Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.”
(1 Sam 23:1-2 NIV)
But David’s men said to him, “Here in Judah we are afraid. How much more, then, if we go to Keilah against the Philistine forces!”
Once again David inquired of the Lord, and the Lord answered him, “Go down to Keilah, for I am going to give the Philistines into your hand.”
(1 Sam 23:3-4 NIV)
…David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?”
“Pursue them,” He answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”
(1 Sam 30:8 NIV)
In the course of time, David inquired of the Lord. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked.
The Lord said, “Go up (to Hebron).”
(2 Sam 2:1 NIV)
…so David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?”
The Lord answered him, “Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.”
(2 Sam 5:19 NIV)
… so David inquired of the Lord, and He answered, “Do not go straight up, but circle around behind them and attack them in front of the poplar trees.
(2 Sam 5:23 NIV)
…so David sought the face of the Lord. The Lord said, “It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.”
(2 Sam 21:1 NIV)
7 times David “enquired of the Lord” and 7 times “the Lord answered”.
6 times for victory and once for knowledge.
Is it any wonder that some of the most blessed times in David’s life happened when he asked God for directions? And it is any wonder that some of the worst times in his life came when he failed to seek God?
I should remember to always “inquire the Lord” in anything.