Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Battle is the Lord's

"The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine."  1 Samuel 17:37

1 Samuel Chapter 17 is where we see the story of Goliath.  Goliath is a Philistine that was taller than 9 ft.  He was intimidating to the Israelites.  They were paralyzed when they saw him.  They were so fearful that they would run back into their tents when he came out to challenge them.  No one had confidence, not even King Saul.  They hid for fear of their lives.     

However, one day David was sent by his dad to check on his brothers and to bring supplies.  He showed up and saw this Philistine come out where the battle line was and shouting defiance at the Israelites.  David couldn't believe what he was seeing.  He was surprised that no one would stand up against this uncircumcised Philistine.  David then spoke out and said "Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?"  David was full of faith.  He saw this over 9 foot Philistine as one who was defiant and against God.  He knew his God and understood completely that God would deliver them from this.  God delivered David from the paw of the the lion and the paw of the bear.  If he would do that for him tending sheep, how much more will God do to deliver his people.  However, not too long after speaking opposition came from within the camp. Not only that, but it came from his oldest brother Eliab who rebuked him.  Eliab asked him, "Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert?  I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle."  However, David knowing his brother was trying to discourage him turned away from his brother and said "Can't I even speak?" and began to share with another about God and his greatness. 

Because of his hope and faith he was brought before the King where he encouraged him.  He told King Saul "Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him." David shared with Saul God's faithfulness by telling him how God delivered him from the paw of the lion and bear to save his sheep.  David then went on to say that God would do the same for his people, because Goliath was defying the armies of living God.

Seeing David's faith, Saul then handed his armor over and dressed David.  But David knew that he would not be wearing Saul's armor.  He knew it had to be God's way.  So instead he chose a few stones and put them in a pouch and took his sling with him.  He approached the Philistine who then mocked him by saying "Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.  He told him he would feed him to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field.  David undeterred replied "You come against me with the sword and speak and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, who you have defied.  This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I'll strike you down and cut off your head.  Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the whole beasts of the earth and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.  All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord's and he will give all of you into our hands."

That day David slew Goliath with a stone and his sling and he cut the head of Goliath off.  This Philistine who invaded Israel with his threats, intimidation and size was defeated by the living God. David knew God had prepared him for such a time as this.  He was being trained for greatness.  He training included wisdom, might, power, faith and trust in the living God.  He knew that God would fight this battle and be victorious because he did it for him before.  He saved him not only from this Philistine, but from the bear and the lion. So today remember the battle is the Lord's. 

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