Measure The Enemy
Written by: Beatriz
“After this, David defeated the Philistines, subdued them, and took Metheg-ammah from Philistine control. He also defeated the Moabites, and after making them lie down on the ground, he measured them off with a cord. He measured every two cord lengths of those to be put to death and one length of those to be kept alive. So the Moabites became David’s subjects and brought tribute.”-2 Samuel 8:1-2 HCSB
Lately God has been speaking to me through the life of David in 1 and 2 Samuel. We know he went after God’s heart and because of this the Lord loved David. He had revelation even about Jesus and the Holy Spirit would give him prophetic utterances to write in Psalms that were Messianic. David was also a warrior because God’s spirit was with him. I love how 2 Samuel speaks of “David’s victories.” David, like Jesus, would release victory for his people so they could walk in what he had done and fought for them. Christ is the ultimate King! He has gone ahead of us into hell and defeated every demon and spirit under satan’s control. Enemies of God can seem more powerful than they are when we look at them from our perspective but when we measure them from Christ’s perspective they seem powerless and defeated already—and this is the eternal truth of God.
David measured the enemy in 2 Samuel 8. The enemy was defeated because it was God’s victory not David’s alone. David always knew this. We read in Psalms the songs of victory and praise for God’s power and might. David measured the enemy and then put them to death! No enemy was too long, too big, and too powerful. Why? Because David already had the victory the moment the enemy is on his back to be measured and he already is under his feet! It says the enemy was under David’s control! As human beings without Jesus we are not in any control but when we are under the Lordship of Christ I have all power and all access to heaven’s victories. David was anointed to succeed not just in his relationship with God but in battle! That whom David did not kill it says he made his subjects. They served him. Instead of us serving the enemy the enemy will serve God’s cause for and in us. Proverbs says that a righteous man even his enemies are at peace with him (Proverbs 16:7) Not only did David’s enemies serve him they brought him tribute. They honored him! This is victory! Victory is not just not being in battle or war but having the enemy whom we fought dead or subjected to us! Victory is walking in the fullness of Christ work on the cross.
We are in a season of war but this means we are in a season of victories! Christ has already gone ahead of us. He is our David fighting the enemy for a Kingdom that is beyond this world. When the enemy seems more powerful than what is in you measure him! Measure his size, height, reach, and control but measure it against Christ’s finished work of the cross. We have victory because of Jesus! Now let’s walk in this victory!