THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2014
VICTORIOUS AGAINST GOLIATH
January 22, 2014
1 Samuel 17:32-51
We are warriors, and we enter into spiritual warfare. It is
a fight to the death with the evil one. We fight the wars
of God. Like David, we “come against (the enemy) in
the name of the Lord of hosts” (1 Sm 17:45b). As such,
we can look to God for our power and our victory. “Flash
forth lightning and scatter my foes; shoot your arrows and
rout them.” (Ps 144:6).
enemy is powerful, much stronger and more battle-hardened
than we are. We are in a classic David and Goliath struggle.
“You cannot go up against this Philistine and fight
with him, for you are only a youth, while he has been a warrior
from his youth.” (1 Sm 17:33). How can we emerge victorious?
we “should not lose heart” (1 Sm 17:32a). We must
not be intimidated by the power of the enemy.
we will already be defeated even before we start to fight.
We know God is with us. We know God sends us forth into battle.
We choose to be brave.
we should be confident in God’s victory. “Your
servant has killed both a lion and a bear. This uncircumcised
Philistine will be as one of them” (1 Sm 17:36a). Why
such confidence? “For the battle belongs to the Lord,
who shall deliver you into our hands.” (1 Sm 17:47b).
we should be confident in God’s protection. “The
same Lord who delivered me from the claws of the lion and
the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
(1 Sm 17:37a). We look to the Lord who is “my safeguard
and my fortress, my stronghold, my deliverer, my shield, in
whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.” (Ps
144:2). There will be many times when we will be bloodied,
in great difficulties, suffering setbacks, hemmed in from
all sides. But we can always call upon the Lord. “Reach
out your hand from on high; deliver me from the many waters;
rescue me from the hands of foreign foes.” (Ps 144:7).
we should not conform to the tactics and weapons of the world
and certainly not of our enemy. Saul dressed David in his
armor but David took them off (1 Sm 17:38-39). Goliath had
his “sword and spear and scimitar” (1 Sm 17:45a)
while David only had “sling and stone” (1 Sm 17:50a).
We need to “learn that it is not by sword or spear that
the Lord saves.” (1 Sm 17:47a). The armor we put on
is the armor of God. The weapons we wield are weapons of righteousness.
The sword we use is the Bible. God trains us and shows us
the way to using our weapons. Like David, we look to “the
Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers
for war” (Ps 144:1).
we should be zealous in protecting God’s flock, and
we must be bold and aggressive in repelling the attacks of
the enemy. “Your servant used to tend his father’s
sheep, and whenever a lion or bear came to carry off a sheep
from the flock, I would chase after it, attack it, and snatch
the prey from its mouth.” (1 Sm 17:34-35).
We are warriors engaged in intense spiritual war, and we look
to our God. “You give victory to kings; you delivered
David your servant.” (Ps 144:10). We are empowered
to witness. God did not give us a spirt of cowardice.
We choose to be brave. The victory is at hand.
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