2 Sam.5:20. – And David came to Baalperazim, and David smote them there, and said, The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me, as the breach of waters. Therefore he called the name of that place Baalperazim.
David was just getting started when the Philistines came after him. That is so typical, just as you begin your journey, you start to engage in God’s plan, all hell breaks out. David’s enemies wanted to shut him down before he got started. That’s how it always is. So what did David do? He sought the Lord. The Lord told him to attack the Philistines. David teaches us the importance of total dependence on the Lord. It wasn’t enough to have a calling and a purpose, he needed the Lord’s input in every step of the way. As David followed the Lord’s direction he experienced supernatural breakthrough. Here is how Matthew Henry describes this verse.
“He gave his God the glory; he said, “The Lord has broken forth upon my enemies before me. I could not have done it if he had not done it before me; he opened the breach like the breach of waters in a dam, which when once opened grows wider and wider.” The principal part of the work was God’s doing; nay, he did all; what David did was not worth speaking of; and therefore, Not unto us, but unto the Lord, give glory. He hoped likewise that this breach, like that of waters, was as the opening of the sluice, to let in a final desolation upon them; and, to perpetuate the remembrance of it, he called the place Baal-perazim, the master of the breaches, because, God having broken in upon their forces, he soon had the mastery of them. Let posterity take notice of it to God’s honor.”
Trying to do right or even trying to do God’s work in human strength can be quite frustrating. One of three things will happen when you launch out on your own; you will experience success and take all the credit, possibly have limited success and be totally frustrated, or fall on your face in total defeat. None of those options satisfy us or glorify the Lord. Look to the Lord in every situation. You will be surprised how He answers and how suddenly breakthrough will become your testimony. I have a sense of breakthrough in the air for God’s people, look to Him and you will be satisfied and He will be glorified.