The Lord is My Strength
"I love you O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised and I am saved from my enemies.
Are you facing some really heard situations or being bombarded with bad news and overwhelming reports that are out of your control? Sometimes the noise and chaos can be quite distracting and intimidating, and finding relief seems so far-fetched. I know this feeling all too well. I discovered that in those moments, most of my fear, anxiety, and frustration come from me being more focused on the issue than God. Granted, my issues were (some still are) very real, however, I learned that I had to shift my focus.
For the army of Israel, Goliath was very real. He was 9 feet and 9 inches tall (6 cubits and a span). The head of his spear alone was a little over 15lbs. To the army of Israel, he was a huge, massive being that appeared to be more powerful than they were, and they feared him. For 40 days Goliath went out, took his stand, and shouted, "choose a man for yourselves and let him come down to me that we may fight together." Every time the army of Israel would get up the nerve to fight, as soon as they saw him, they would run back. One day, as David was bringing provisions to his brothers, he heard Goliath shouting. Well, we know what happened next. For those who may not know the story, David accepted the challenge and defeated Goliath.
Although this story of David defeating Goliath reflects Christ defeating Satan, David’s victory can rightly serve as a reminder to the believer who reads the story, that when we remember who we are Christ and who God is, we are able to see our giants in true form. They may be big and very real, but they are not greater the Adonai, the Lord God our Master! Before taking Goliath down, David made it clear where he stood regarding Goliath. David told Goliath that although he came to him with a sword, he (David) came in the name of the Lord Almighty. He then concluded with, “all those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lords, and he will give all of you [Philistines] into our hands.”
David knew that he could not defeat this giant in his own strength, but He knew who God was and what God could do. For those in Christ Jesus, greater is He that lives in [and for] us, than he [Satan] who is in [and of] the world. We can do all things through Christ Jesus who is our strength. So, let us posture our hearts toward the one who has already won the battle. Then and only then do we obtain victory.
Heavenly Father, you are my rock and my refuge, my shield and my salvation. Today I place my hope in you. When the enemy comes in like a flood, raise up a standard against him. Father, Help me to see him for who he really is and remind my heart that you are greater. Today I choose to take my eyes off of the giants and look to you, Adonai, the Lord God our Master! For you are great and worthy of all the praise! I Jesus' mighty and wonderful name I pray, Amen.