The Battle Is The Lord’s

David said, “The battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” (1 Samuel 17:47)

As the Israelite army cowered in their tents in fear of the giant Goliath, the shepherd boy David volunteered to take up the fight against the Philistine champion. (Under such an arrangement, one representative from each side would fight each other instead of entire armies doing battle. Whichever fighter lost, his people would become the slaves of the other side.) David would be doing battle with a heavily-armed, veteran soldier who towered over David by feet, not inches.

David, however, did not believe for a second that he would be fighting in his own strength. David knew the Scriptures that the Spirit of God had written through Moses and the promises that God had made to His people. David knew that God is the Source of all power who determines the outcomes of all battles. In the natural, David was no match for Goliath, the gigantic man of war. But in the strength of the Almighty, David knew that the battle was the Lord’s and victory was assured.

Here is something to remember about David. He was the youngest and the weakest of the brothers in the family of Jesse, yet God chose Him to go up against the Philistine champion. That way, when the victory was won, there would be no doubt as to Who was responsible for it. David had known this truth throughout his young life. When he was persuading King Saul to allow him to represent Israel in this one-on-one combat, David spoke of how he had victoriously fought against both the lion and the bear while protecting his sheep. But David never took the credit for the victory; he said, “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).

What Goliaths are you facing today? What giant waves of challenge are rolling over you? Keep your eye on the Almighty and look to Him for your deliverance. He has delivered you in the past and He will deliver you once again. Remember, greater is the power that is in you than any power that will ever come against you. Give God the glory in advance, and you will see that the battle is the Lord’s . . . and the victory is already yours.  

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!


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