David was a mighty man of God and he was a skilled warrior on the battlefield. What was significant about the battles that David fought, was that he always relied on God. Despite his skill for battle and confidence in his God given abilities, he never went to battle without consulting God. In the Psalms, David wrote about the dreadful and terrible nature of God (Psalm 47:2). David knew that all of his strength and might was nothing on the battlefield without God fighting for him.
“Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me! Take hold of shield and buckler and rise for my help” (Psalm 35:1-2)! Here in Psalm 35, David used the language of war to command God to contend with those who were contending with him. David spoke of God using weapons to help and defend him. He asked God to let his enemies be turned back and put to shame who wanted to harm him. David asked that their way would be dark and slippery and that the angel of God would pursue them.
“Vindicate me, O Lord, my God, according to your righteousness, and let them not rejoice over me” (Psalm 35:24)! David prayed for God to take vengeance on his enemies as God promised in his word to repay. “Vengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly” (Deuteronomy 32:35).
In the passages above, David did not seek to go to battle to defend himself. Instead he cried out to God for help and he had confidence that the Lord would hear him. Let God be God in your lives and allow him to fight the battles on your behalf. God is willing to protect and defend you and angels move at your command. Remember that there is nothing to fear and there is nothing that man can do to you when God is on your side. As we pray, we watch God arise and scatter all his enemies. Remember that you are a child of God so the enemies that are coming against you, are coming against God.
“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you. They shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways” (Deuteronomy 28:7).