1 Samuel 17:45
Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”
1 Samuel 17:45
Earlier in this chapter, the giant Goliath made his famous challenge to Israel, calling for a fight between himself and Israel’s top fighter, with the nation of whoever lost becoming the servant of the victor’s nation. In his challenge, Goliath characterized Israel’s army as servants of Saul, but this is not how David saw it. David saw Israel as the army of the living God (1 Samuel 17:26). David, though young, had a strong walk with the Lord and had experienced God’s deliverance in the past and trusted that God would deliver him again in his confrontation with Goliath (1 Samuel 17:37). So David responded to the giant warrior’s taunts by stating that Goliath stepped out relying on man-made weapons, whereas David stepped out in the name of God (1 Samuel 17:45) and that the battle belonged to the Lord (1 Samuel 17:47).
David could very well have rested on God’s strength and simply stood firm in battle, but he took it a step further and took to the offense, running towards Goliath and the Philistine army, and with one fling of his sling, David killed Goliath. In complete confidence in the Lord, David ran towards the battle rather than wait for the battle to come to him.
Are you facing any battles today? Rest assured that the battle belongs to the Lord, and know that in Him, you will find victory.
Pastor Jeff Mericle