In the season of the COVID-19 virus, we have seen the church arise stronger than ever before. The platforms that once renounced the name of the Lord – internet, social media – now rejoices in the name of the Lord. We have seen a wave of online church services, live broadcasts, live prayer meetings, etc. Most of us are now sitting in front of the TV or in front of our laptops – not working, but worshipping and watching the explosion of the gospel being broadcasted all over the world. The church has been mobilised in a new way. There’s been an awakening, an arising – the church is dominating the podiums that once distracted us away from the Lord.
This is what happened when David defeated the giant. In the natural, it makes no sense that David was able to fight off the enemy with a sling and a stone. But if we are children of God – we do not operate in the natural, we operate in the supernatural power of the Lord.
1 Samuel 17:41-42 – “Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him.”
The battle between the two men depicts a greater story here. Instead, this was a battle between the god of the philistines and the God of Israel. The philistine giant cursed the Lord and his people. Our God cannot stand to be mocked. The philistine was no match for Him. Our enemies are no match for our great King. Victory belongs to the Lord. David was victorious in battle because he believed in the power of God. The simple yet significant utterance of the name of Jesus can save a man from his misfortune.
1 Samuel 17:45 – David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LordAlmighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
David reveals to us his battle strategy in the above scripture. The enemy uses weapons of war, but David uses weapons of worship as he fights his battle in the name of the Lord. What is your battle strategy when you face your enemy? Let’s learn from David, and pick up the weapon of worship in our seasons of worry.
1 Samuel 17:46-47 – This day the LORD will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, 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 Lordsaves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
David proclaimed victory over his battle in the spiritual before he could see victory in the physical. He faced his giant head on and taunted him with unfolding testimony. I dare you to look your battles in the eye and display the same courage that David did in the face of an unparalleled position. Use your fight to unfold testimony. Use your fight to glorify the name of the Lord. Use your fight as an oppotunity for the whole world to know that there is a God.
1 Samuel 17:48-49 – “As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.”
I wrote a post called Facedown a few weeks ago. Facedown is a posture of humility, reverence and worship unto the Lord. Ironically, Goliath defied the Lord in life. Yet, when defeted he fell facedown. There will come a time where everything that has breath will praise the Lord.
1 Samuel 17: 50-51 – “So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him. David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.”
The Lord is the holy and honourable victor. We will not find victory in any other name other than the name of the Lord.
1 Samuel 17:55-58 – “As Saul watched David going out to meet the Philistine, he said to Abner, commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is that young man?”Abner replied, “As surely as you live, Your Majesty, I don’t know.” The king said, “Find out whose son this young man is.” As soon as David returned from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with David still holding the Philistine’s head. “Whose son are you, young man?” Saul asked him.David said, “I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem.”
We see in the last few verses of 1 Samuel 17, Saul begins to ask similar questions to that of Davids brother in 1 Samuel 17:28. Except this time, it is without mockery. Instead, Saul is marvelled at the defeat of the giant, and asks not once or twice, but three times, who is this man that has just defeated the giant.
When we are obedient to the call that God has for our lives, we will begin to operate in an annointed atmosphere. The challenges along the way will only but strengethen us. The challenges along the way might just be the podium in which God wants us to operate out of. The battle is the Lords. Obedience is the qualifying criteria.
Whose ‘son’ are you?
I belong to the Lord.