King David was a successful warrior even though he grew up herding sheep, skipping rocks and playing instruments. David didn’t attend military school. But he knew the one in charge, and because of that, he won his battles and his wars (see 1 Chronicles 18:1). A critical aspect of David’s military leadership and victory came through his awareness of and willingness to seek God’s guidance. In all of recorded Scripture, no one went to God more frequently than David. Again and again, he asked to know God’s will and God’s ways. And he always got the answers he needed.
As a result, David was strongly positioned to annihilate his enemies and redeem his people from certain death. David, who was a kingdom man after God’s own heart, understood the value of getting the guidance he needed, and he knew where it came from. He feared God, which enabled him to follow God more fully.
Life is full of choices. The problem with many of our decisions is that we cannot see what’s around the bend. It’s like being on a highway that is twisting and turning, and you are unable to see around the next corner. You have to slow down because you don’t know where you’re going. Life is full of unknowns. But that’s why David prayed a prayer we should all pray: “Make me know Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths.” (Psalm 25:4). That’s not just a sweet verse to say on Sunday. That’s a plea for a game plan.