“. . . And the fame of David went out into all lands; and the Lord brought the fear of him upon all nations.” (1 Chronicles 14:17)
Before there was a Jerusalem, there was the heathen town of Jebus. Filled with the remnant of the Canaanites and thought to be impregnable. Jebus was to be the location of the throne of David. It was where Abraham proved his faith. It was the home of Melchizedek, the priest of the Most High, over 800 years before. It was accessible by all the tribes of Israel.
David had made new alliances with surrounding kingdoms when Jebus was overthrown and this caused the Philistines to be hostile towards Israel. The Philistines invaded the country and David sought guidance from God before the battle. God gave instructions and David was obedient and victorious over the invaders.
Because of this, the invaders amassed even more of a force to overthrow the new ruler. And instead of going forth after an earlier victorious battle over the Philistines, David instead humbled himself and sought the Lord once again.
As the Lord gave instruction, David heeded His commands; was victorious over self and allowed God to go forth, before David, into battle. And through faith, David became victorious over the Philistines and as we saw in 1 Chronicles 14 verse 17, his fame went forth and the fear of David went forth, as God would empower the faith of David before the nations.
When we encounter the valley of the shadow of death to self, we shall fear no evil. As we place our lives on the altar of sacrifice, we find it to be a sweet savor unto the Lord and because of this, we are victorious over self. By dying to self we no longer dwell in the valley of the shadow of death but by the still waters of the Victory that illumines our freedom from fear of death, through benevolent peaceful faith.
Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright© 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.