Strength for Battle

“For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me” (Psalm 18:39).

David sang to the Lord in 2 Samuel 22, after he was rescued during a battle against the Philistines. David went to battle with his army and during the battle he became weary. “And Ishbi-benob, one of the descendants of the giants, whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of bronze, and who was armed with a new sword, thought to kill David” (2 Samuel 21:16). One of David’s men, Abishai came to his defence and attacked and killed the Philistine who tried to kill him. In the end, David’s men made an oath to him that he would no longer go out with them to battle.

David was viewed by his men as the ‘lamp of Israel,’ which they did not want to be quenched in the event that he died in battle. David was a fierce warrior who fought and won many battles for Israel. David was only seventeen when he killed Goliath and never stopped fighting battles until his final battle with the Philistines. Even as the King of Israel, David continued on the battlefield. His men considered his life too precious to risk and made the decision that it was not necessary for him to continue to fight.

Like David, there are seasons when we are war torn and weary from battle. During these times God will send help and assign people to stand in the gap to strengthen us. It is not a weakness to reach out for help and at times to surrender to God, instead of fighting in our own strength. David’s men continued to fight the battles for Israel and he had brave warriors who won many battles. There are angels surrounding us who are ready to fight on our behalf. Our position is prayer and using the spoken word.

At our words the angels are dispatched to carry out our strategic mandate. Our words have to be in alignment with what the bible says. Once we speak things that are in alignment with the word, then whatever we allow will continue, but whatever we disallow will cease to exist.

“Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18:18).

A.P.-Y.

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