There was war again between the Philistines and Israel, and David went down together with his servants, and they fought against the Philistines. And David grew weary.
(2 Samuel 21:15)
The life of David is a remarkable one that is filled with hardship and victory. From the very beginning of his life, he is brought into the battle. He faces Goliath early on when no one else will go out and fight.
David lives many years in the fear of death at the hand of king Saul. He is betrayed, slandered, and ridiculed by the likes of his own Son – Absalom, his own wife – Michal, the counselor to Israel – Ahithophel, the servant of Saul – Ziba, the family member of Saul – Shemei, his own commander – Joab, a worthless man named Sheba, and numerous others could be listed along the way.
He was tormented by those over him, those under him, and those around him. He took abuse from his wife, his closest friends, and most assuredly from his enemies. David did not experience a life of ease, but rather a life that was filled with difficulties. It is for certain that David was not sinless in his life and it is for sure that many things that happened to him were a result of his own transgressions, but God had called him and set him apart to lead Israel and it is for certain that David had a heart for God (1 Sam. 13:14).
In all of David’s ups and downs we find him toward the end of life in war again. When most men would have given up and quit, David picks up his sword one more time to face the next giant that comes his way. David has the heart of a warrior. Although his body is weak and feeble he rises to the occasion for the glory of his God and the good of the people that he leads. David grew weary or faint as the text says, but David did not run and hide. David did not give up.
David did not throw in the towel. David did not succumb to the pressures of men and women around him. David did not fold to the opinion of the day. David fought! David stood his ground and the Lord sent Abishai to help him in his time of need. The Lord will always come to the aid of those who will stand by faith. The Lord strengthens those who endure for him.
Dearly beloved, do not grow weary with well doing. Press on for the glory of God from one battle to the next. Thousands of once committed men quit to the shame of their God and the embarrassment of the church, but those who endure to the end will be saved. Quit yourself like a man and endure to the end for the glory of God.