The book of 2nd Samuel is loaded with the types and shadows of the work of the Holy Spirit, particularly in the life of David. It is in this book where king Saul and his son Jonathan, David’s covenant friend die. David mourns for them and then enquires from the Lord whether he was to go back home to Judah. He had been a refugee among the Philistines, running away from Saul’s death threats. The Lord directed David to go back. This was quite momentous when you consider that he was going back home to fulfill his destiny to be king over Judah and eventually over all Israel.
As we have studied before, all guidance from God to man is through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
John 16:13 But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]. AMP
Just as David would not take any action without the Lord’s direction, so should we never take make any serious decision without listening to the direction of the Holy Spirit in us. He has our best interest at heart and will give us the very best course of action necessary for us to fulfill God’s purpose. In 2 Sam 5 we see David anointed king over Judah. Immediately, the Philistines come against him and again, David enquires of the Lord whether to go against them. The Lord said yes and He gave him a breakthrough. A breakthrough is a “sudden dramatic and important development. It is an instance of achieving success in a particular sphere or activity.“ An example is the major scientific breakthrough in DNA research where human organ cells from a donor can create and grow a brand new organ for another person.
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of breakthrough. He is the One who gave David that breakthrough in battle. When the Philistines attacked again, (See 2 Sam 5:22-25) David did not depend on the old direction he had received from the Lord. He checked with God again. This is an amazing type of our daily dependence on the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We must keep ourselves constantly aware of the course of action He would have us take even when dealing with seemingly familiar people or situations.
2 Samuel chapter 6 echoes 1 Chronicles 13. Same story.
1 Chron. 13:2-3 And David said to all the assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and if it is of the LORD our God, let us send out to our brethren everywhere who are left in all the land of Israel, and with them to the priests and Levites who are in their cities and their common-lands, that they may gather together to us; 3 and let us bring the ark of our God back to us, for we have not inquired at it since the days of Saul.” NKJV
David wanted the ark of the Lord brought back to Israel from the land of the Philistines so they could INQUIRE at it again. No wonder God had said He had found in David a man after His own heart. (Acts 13:22). David was certainly hungry for the presence of the Lord. The manifest presence of God was shut up inside that ark. David wanted it back in Israel in its place and He did so with lots of pomp and dance. There is great joy in the manifest presence of the Lord. (Psalms 16:11) The Holy Spirit is the conveyor of the presence of God. Today, YOU are the mobile living tabernacle of the Holy Spirit. Where you go, the manifest presence of the Lord goes and there should be great joy in and around you!