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.” (1 Samuel 17:47)
1 Samuel 17 recounts the story of David and Goliath. The giant Goliath was far bigger, much stronger, and vastly more skilled in battle than was David, the shepherd boy. Goliath had every conceivable advantage . . . except one, and that one advantage that David had was the most important one of all: the Lord God Omnipotent! The giant went into the battle in his own strength; David went into the battle in the strength of his God. You know who prevailed.
David uttered The Believer’s Battle Cry on that day, and it is to be our rallying cry every day of our lives: “The battle is the Lord’s.” And if the battle is the Lord’s, our victory is already assured. As the apostle Paul would write more than a thousand years later, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).
To the watching world, the giant Goliath was “a lock,” a sure winner. Even Israel’s King Saul was greatly afraid of this giant of a man, who harshly blasphemed God and challenged the Israelites for forty straight days. But David, who had never set foot on a battlefield before, knew that the battle was the Lord’s; it didn’t matter how big and strong and experienced Goliath was, because God was infinitely bigger, stronger, and more experienced than the giant!
So . . . what giants are you facing today? What in your life has come up against you that is causing you to shrink back from all that God is calling you to be? The armies of Israel trembled and forgot the power of God when they were confronted by the Philistine giant; you and I are likely to forget God also. The Israelites looked fearfully at the sword and the spear in Goliath’s hand, rather than looking to the God of their salvation. We often do the same thing. If we keep our focus on the size of the giants we are currently facing, the size of our God will shrink. But if we keep our focus on God, as David did, every giant that comes up against us will shrink before our eyes and God will give us glorious victory!
David penned Psalm 108, which concludes with these words:
Give us aid against the enemy,
for the help of man is worthless.
With God we will gain the victory,
and he will trample down our enemies. (Psalm 108:12-13)
Regardless of the challenges you are facing today in your professional or personal life, the battle is the Lord’s, and He has promised never to leave nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). You can advance confidently toward every giant that comes up against you, because the battle is the Lord’s and He has promised to strengthen you and help you and uphold you (Isaiah 41:10). God did not bring you this far to leave you in defeat. He will carry you past this challenge and all the way into glory. Elsewhere in the Psalms, we read . . .
Why are you depressed, O my soul?
Why are you upset?
Wait for God!
For I will again give thanks
to my God for his saving intervention. (Psalm 42:5 NET)
On the surface—and especially to the watching world around you—it might look like you do not possess the strength to overcome the giants that confront you. And if you were operating merely in your own strength, the world would be right! But you know the truth, just as David knew the truth:
Greater is the power that is in you than any power that comes against you!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!