Overshadowing the valley, the grey dam stood. The colossal size, the immensity, the mammoth dimensions, the very sight of it invoking a sense of awe and fear. An enormous amount of concrete and steel held back the life giving water from the parched land. The monstrous structure loomed into view with a foreboding dread of impossibility. Just then, at the last flicker of hope, the air was filled with a low rumbling and the ground began to shake. A violent tremor spread through the valley, penetrating into the very depth of the massive wall. First, with snapping noises, spider cracks appeared. Then with a loud pop of water bursting into the air, the dam was cracked in the middle. The sheer pressure of the water being held back, erupted into a powerful explosion, breaching the dam. Erasing the last evidence of the structure, the waters filled the valley, peace washing over it.
In 2Samuel 5:17 we read that the Philistines heard that David was anointed king over Israel and immediately they went up to search for him. David was a remarkable person, masterful in nature, noble in heart. In everything he put his hand to, you could depend on him to carry it through to completion, to do it with all of his might. David never did anything halfway, giving all of his energy, decision, resolution, and devotion. Whether it was his harp or sling, sword or psalmist’s pen – it was all the same. David was a man of passion to follow after God with all of his heart and his soul.
So when the Philistines withstood and challenged him in verse 18, David, the Bible tells us, inquired of the Lord. Right then, just as he made his inquiry, even before he fought the Philistines, the battle was won. For in Psalms 33:17 we read the divine wisdom, “A horse is a false hope for victory, nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength”. David was a great warrior, who fought many battles, who had many victories. But in this troubled time of great danger, he chose not to rely on his own wisdom, not to trust in his own strength, not to have confidence in past successes. He trusted in God, crying out in prayer to Him. “O sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for him”, we read in Psalms 98:1. You don’t have to fight your battles yourself. Let God fight them for you. Just like David, cry out to the Lord in the midst of your circumstances. Just like David, do not rely on your own wisdom. Just like David, when you make your inquiry – your battle is won.
“So David went to Baal Perazim, and David defeated them there; and he said, ” The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like a breakthrough of water”. Therefore he called the name of that place Baal Perazim”, it said in 2Samual 5:20. What is the enemy you are facing right now? Is it sickness, pain, suffering? Is it lack, need, poverty? Is it stress, turmoil, anguish? The enemy comes to steal, rob, and destroy. He comes to build a dam in our lives to cut off the life giving waters of His Divine provision. He tells us, “It’s impossible, it will never happen, you will never receive it”. As the shadows of hopelessness begin to stretch over the problem you face, rise up with the shout of praise. Declare out of Psalm 71:5 “You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth”. Act out of Psalm 100:4, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name.” Commit yourself to the Lord. Let Him deliver you and rescue you because He delights in you.
Amplified Bible in 2Samuel 5:20 said “…The Lord has broken through my enemies before me, like the bursting out of great waters. So he called the name of that place Baal-perazim (The Lord of breaking through).” He is breaking through the walls of impossibility you are facing right now. The moment your inquiry went up before the Lord, the Spirit moved, violently shaking, destroying the works of the enemy. The cracks began to form. The water is surging through. The dam that stood in the way of receiving your answer has erupted in a powerful explosion. “…Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.”
The Lord is the Lord of Baal-perazim. He is the Lord of breaking through now, not some day, not tomorrow, not next week, but present tense. There is no glory to our God in poverty and lack, in pain and suffering. In fact the Bible tells us there is fullness of joy and pleasures forever more in His Presence. It is in His very nature to act on your behalf. Baal-perazim is who He is – the Lord of breaking through. As soon as the words of your prayer left your lips, the mighty waters of the Spirit are punching through the enemy’s abstraction, brining forth the answer. As soon as you have placed your trust in Him, He is moving on your behalf. As soon as you have committed yourself to the Lord, He has delivered and rescued you.
As soon as you have made your inquiry, you have gained your victory.