Give Credit Where Credit is Due...

“Joram brought articles of gold, silver, and bronze with him. King David dedicated these articles to the Lord, along with the silver and gold he had dedicated from all the nations he conquered—“ 2 Samuel 8:10b-11

I’ve been very slow in finishing the books of Samuel. I love the heart of King David. It is his heart for God that kept him going from victory to victory. As I say, “It’s all about the condition of the heart.”

God showed me several important things in this chapter, but I will use this particular Bible verse above. God had defeated King David’s enemies, and then there was this particular enemy. I find this particular enemy interesting.

Let me explain. David was at war with Joram’s father, King Toi, an ongoing war. But, at this time David wasn’t at war with him. However, when King Toi saw that King David was victorious over all the nations, he sent his son to congratulate him. How can I better explain this in today’s terms? It would be like the Iranian leader sending his son to America with gifts for the president. Fat chance, right?

However, this is exactly what took place here. Joram came with lots of expensive gifts for King David. Watch what King David does. He dedicates ALL of it to the Lord. People, this was thousands and thousands of dollars' worth of gifts. THOUSANDS! Yet, King David went and gave it all to God. He brought all of it to the temple. He didn't just bring it, but he also dedicated them. He gave it all away.

So why would he do that? He recognized what God just did, that’s why. When God does something so great in our lives, we must understand that it came from His mighty hand. It’s humbling to give back what we received. The nations around him knew that only God could have given the victory. King David was a worshipper from the start. No wonder he would worship God even with the gifts that he had received by dedicating them back to God. In doing so, he was showing Israel, the surrounding nations, friends, and enemies that he honored God and would not take the glory and praises for himself. Rather, he would point by action and deeds that the glory and honor belonged to God. It was God who gave him the victories in all of the battles to begin with. What a heart!

Friends, we all have had our own battles. Please don’t say that you haven’t because that would be untrue. Therefore, what have we done with the battles that the Lord has won on our behalf? Have we taken the credit? Do we praise ourselves? Do we take what has been given and turn it into self-praise, self-honor, self-serving?

Please look at the last part of this verse, “Along with the silver and gold he had dedicated from all the nations he conquered.” King David had a habit, a great habit that brought him victory after victory. He gave every single thing back t