This is where we engage and battle to RECOVER what the enemy stole from us. In military terms, this is when we make contact. And this is where the story in the Bible gets real. We read that David took 400 men with him to attack their enemy. On the way, they ran into an Egyptian who was a servant of an Amalekite. David and his warriors interviewed the servant and developed intelligence on the enemy’s location. David positioned his army and took up a position where he could see everything.
The Bible says the Amalekites were “spread out over all the land, eating and drinking and dancing, because of all the spoil which they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Judah.” Okay, stop here for a minute. Imagine how this looked. There is David, the warrior of the tribe of Judah, and his 400 battle tested warriors, preparing themselves for battle. The Amalekites were likely resting after several days of partying and when they were full of confidence in themselves, and at their greatest point of vulnerability, David attacks! The fight is intense and lasts until evening of the next day. Don’t miss this! They had to fight for a long time to get everything back. It was difficult and it required a great deal of effort. The Bible says that after fighting for 24 hours, “nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which the Amalekites had taken from David; David RECOVERED all!” Without fail, David and his men RECOVERED everything! That’s the promise we walk in today. We too can decide to pursue and RECOVER the loss we’ve experienced in our lives. But it will be a daily decision and it won’t be easy.