Years ago, When I made a reference to David and Goliath to one of my co-workers, I was very surprised to find that he had never heard of them.
Then, I found out that this is not unusual. Most young people have no idea what is in the Bible. They have no idea what treasures it contains.
I put the story of David and Goliath in my last post for the benefit of any readers who are not familiar with it.
When I read it again, I learned something new that we can apply to our everyday lives. I can hardly wait to tell you about it.
The Philistines hated God. They attacked the people he loved as a way of lashing out at him. They wanted to kill God’s people just for being God’s people. (Isn’t this the same situation that we are are in today?)
To make matters worse Goliath was bad-mouthing God and that was undermining the peoples’ faith in him. Nobody had enough faith in God to stand up for him. But when David showed up, God showed up with him.
David’s faith was stronger than his fear. He stood up for God, and God spoke through him. And the things that he said did come to pass.
When I saw the phrase, “The Battle is the Lord’s,” I remembered that these same words appear in another Bible story. It’s another one of my all time favorites.
I’ll give you the short version of it. Jehoshaphat was the King of Judah, and he walked uprightly before the Lord. God’s people were facing a large invading army. Jehoshaphat called all of the people together and led them in this prayer:
O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee. (2 Chronicles 20:12)
The Lord responded to their prayer through this prophetic utterance:
Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. (2 Chronicles 20:15)
And that, my friends, is one of the ways you can tell that the Holy Spirit is the author of the Bible. Different people, different places, different times—the same idea, the same words, the same Spirit of God. He continued to say:
Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you. (2 Chronicles 20:17)
King Jehoshaphat employed an unusual tactic on their way to meet the enemy. And just like God had said, they did not have to fight in this battle.
And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.
And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy the other.
And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped. (2 Chronicles 20:21-24)
I think that history is going to repeat itself, and we are going to see this same miracle happen in our day. The Lord is going to cause all of our enemies to be destroyed. And all the earth shall know there is a God in Israel, and in the United States. Because the battle is the Lords.
Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth forever!
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