The Power Behind

This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. (1Sam 17:46 [KJV])

David is my favorite character in the bibles. Every time I read his stories, I see a very enthusiastic, energetic, agile, and aggressive and motivated young man. His stories tell of the one who is confident in all that he does in life and has no reservation on his belief in God; a man of integrity and responsible. Not easy to find people with such a description. His life is full of action. His life is an action packed narrative that inspires me, full of powerful lessons of life.

Where did his confidence come from? What was the source of his energy and enthusiasm? His statement to the Philistine giant struck my mind, “..I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee, I will give the carcasses..” look at the confidence in those words. Those words may look like he was overconfident, or even boastful. And may seem to suggest David possessed his own strength and ability to bring down the giant –I will smite..I will give. I see in him is in the following:

  1. Man who is fully under the influence of God – He first acknowledge that the LORD is the one in control and that the work he was about to do was not his but God’s work and God’s will. His statement indicates that he is not doing it alone behind his function is a master of his life. He acknowledged that the task is not his; (1Sam 17:47 [KJV])And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle [is] the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.
  2. Authoritative response – I see David making decisions that are contrary to the logical understanding of the warfare, decision to take on the lead in the battle, decision to take care of the giant terrifying the army of the LORD. He does not seek permission to do so he takes off his feet to deal with the situation before him. He declares I will ‘smite thee’ no flicker of doubt in his words.
  3. Sure of task before – David was clear about what he was to do. He did not make enquiries first about the approach or protocol to be observed, even in getting permission for the task. He moved on with the drive within him to do the LORD’s will. “and when David saw that all Israel were filled with fear, and learned that the Philistine’s defiance was hurled at them day after day, without arousing a champion to silence the boaster, his spirit was stirred within him. He was fired with zeal to preserve the honor of the living God and the credit of His people. {Patriarchs and Prophets p.645} 
  4. He assumed the position of the commander-in-chief – the spirit of God in him took control of the entire situation. It was instead, others yielding to his plans and ready to listen to anything he would say in order to resolve the embarrassing stalemate before them.

It was the not David speaking I will.. but the one in him. It was the spirit of the Lord in him that drove him to take a stand against evil, to shame the devil, to break away the fear among God’s people and restore confidence in the delivering power of God on his people. May that same spirit take control of my life.

By Eliamani A.


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