Strength for Battle

“For by thee I have run through a troop; And by my God have I leaped over a wall”
‭‭(Psalm‬ ‭18‬:‭29‬).

David wrote Psalm 18 as a song to glorify God, after he was delivered from his enemies. The description in the Psalm mentioned him being delivered from Saul who was King at the time. Saul had relentlessly pursued David and tried every strategy that he could find to kill him. Despite Saul being King and having all of Israel’s army at his disposal, God protected David and kept him safe.

Saul’s hatred and resentment for David, grew out of his strength in battle and David’s ability to slay more enemies than Saul. “And the women sang to one another as they celebrated, “Saul has struck down his thousands, and David his ten thousands”” (1 Samuel 18:7). This made Saul angry and intimidated by David, because he knew that God had rejected him as King. This was due to Saul’s disobedience and God anointed David as King (1 Samuel 16).

Although David’s anointing was done in private, Saul could see the skill and strength which David displayed on the battlefield. And to add insult to injury, the women made songs about him after the battle, which seemed to exalt him above Saul. Despite Saul’s hatred and many attacks against David, he never retaliated but trusted in God to come to his defence.

In the end Saul came under the attack of the Philistines, was badly wounded and then took his own life (1 Samuel 31). David did not even need to lift his sword against Saul, which he refrained from doing because of his respect for his anointing as King. Today we do not fight with physical weapons, but we fight in the spirit, using weapons mighty through God to pull down strongholds. And when we pray, we expect God to win every battle on our behalf.

“the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me” (Psalm 18:47).


28 thoughts on “Strength for Battle

  1. I love David’s restraint. How easy it can be to retaliate when the opportunity seems to present itself. How would David have seen his own anointing if he had taken advantage of king Saul’s exposure? Yes, David had respect for God’s calling, and may have hoped for Saul’s recovery. I love David!

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  2. Amen 🙏🏽. David feared God and he left the vengeance to God too. He trusted God every step of the way and we know that it was not easy for him as he often cried out to God in anguish. I pray that we can trust and be strengthened to fight our spiritual battles relying entirely on God.
    Blessings Anneta 💙💐

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  3. Oh how I adore David!! I believe those ongoing struggles with Saul, the never ending threats against his life, and even those spears (Saul) tossed at his head, showed David how an anointed king/man of God should not behave. And yet David mourned heavily for both Jonathan and Saul when they died. As he grieved, David proclaimed them both to be mighty, beloved, and lovely.’ What a beautiful heart of an anointed, godly, King💕

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  4. We must not use the sword of our mouth to fight back our enemies. That is hard to do at times. I love Psalm 18, especially verse 9 where He comes down. I do believe He has come down to help me at times. 👍🦅🙏

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      1. All I should say is that we are to let the Lord defend us. When we defend ourselves, it gives Satan power to bring harm to us.
        It would not be good for me to bring up the past and the pain I went through. Sorry!

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  5. “Today we do not fight with physical weapons, but we fight in the spirit, using weapons mighty through God to pull down strongholds. And when we pray, we expect God to win every battle on our behalf.”

    Amen! 🙌🏽

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