The Lord's Battle

Tim Savage

45 David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies - the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! 47 And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!” 1 Samuel 17
What a great exhortation, especially in the days leading up to Easter. David and Goliath –this story is imprinted all of our minds from childhood and yet it is so important to be reminded, especially as adults of it’s wonderful, powerful message.Young and naïve David saw a wrong committed against his people and his God and he boldly stepped out to right it. His experience as a shepherd prepared him for this monumental task (as an aside, much like Luke Skywalker in Star Wars in the attack against the giant Death Star –was that too geeky?). Although offered the king’s own armor, he decided to be true to himself and go solely on what he knew best, no armor or shield and 5 smooth stones instead of a sword or spear. And finally, David dedicated his life and this battle to the Lord. God must have been pleased because, not only did he kill the 9-foot giant, but also the Israelite army then overran the Philistines for great victory.
Is this well-known tale so far removed from our lives today? I don’t think so, especially in these tough and uncertain times and even more so with Easter just cresting the horizon. I want to be like a young David who will act for the Lord with youthful and naïve exuberance. I have a strong tendency to make decisions based on protecting my territory and what is most convenient and must break through that each and every day. I must also be myself and focus on God’s plan for my life and not envy or want for someone else’s. Finally, I must continue to be dedicated to God’s will and give Him the glory for any success we might have.We will have much to do for Easter and the enemy will be out shouting insults and challenges, doing anything possible to take us out of the battle or at least steal our joy. But we will, like David, shout back, “This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”
Dear Heavenly Father,I pray that You use each and every one of us this Easter. We pray that Your will be done and many, many come to know You. I ask that You watch over and care for those involved in the services in the next couple of weeks. We thank You for the truly amazing gift of Your Son, Jesus Christ and for the sacrifice that was made and for the triumph over the enemy and death.
Thank You for Your grace and mercy, we could never earn it and we don’t deserve it, but You give it freely anyway.In Jesus name,Amen

Devotions for April 15

1 Samuel 17
Psalm 9
Matthew 2

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