David was a warrior, poem-writing, God-worshiping, singing king. Though his primary task was to expand Israel’s borders, he was also comfortable with a harp in his hands. Under his leadership, Israel went from a disjointed group of settlers to a nation. But one thing David knew is that he could only prevail with God. In Psalm 108 David writes about the reason for his success.
My heart is steadfast, O God!I will sing and make melody with all my being!Awake, O harp and lyre!I will awake the dawn!I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples;I will sing praises to you among the nations.For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!Let your glory be over all the earth!That your beloved ones may be delivered,give salvation by your right hand and answer me! (Psalm 108:1-6, ESV)
God has promised in his holiness:“With exultation I will divide up Shechemand portion out the Valley of Succoth.Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;Ephraim is my helmet,Judah my scepter.Moab is my washbasin;upon Edom I cast my shoe;over Philistia I shout in triumph.” (Psalm 107:8-9, ESV)
Who will bring me to the fortified city?Who will lead me to Edom?Have you not rejected us, O God?You do not go out, O God, with our armies.Oh grant us help against the foe,for vain is the salvation of man!With God we shall do valiantly;it is he who will tread down our foes. (Psalm 108:10-13, ESV)