I love you, Lord, my strength. – Psa. 18:1 NIV
When David was called back from the fields where he was tending the flock of his father on the instructions of Prophet Samuel who was on a mission, based on the directives of Jehovah to seek out and anoint a new king for Israel who will replace King Saul, he never reckoned with what was to follow – 1Sam. 16:1-13. Before then, he must have considered himself a very brave and successful warrior and this thought pattern reflected in his response to King Saul when he was about to face Goliath, the Philistine – 1Sam. 17:31-37. On that occasion, he had been informed of the huge experience of Goliath in battles having being doing so from his youth but reflecting on the many exploits he had achieved while tending his father’s flock, he confidently rejected all those attempts at discouraging him citing how he had been able to overcome, what he considered fiercer battles, with his bare hands. He did not disappoint on that occasion too as he, with the first of five pieces of stones that he had collected, brought down Goliath the giant philistine war champion – 1Sam. 17:38:51. With this victory, he probably must have thought to himself that he had fought the biggest battle of his life not realizing that all he was experiencing were just dress rehearsals for the destiny defining battles of his life.
He was to eventually face the battle that he had to win, but he was not permitted to raise his hand in battle irrespective of what the enemy was throwing at him, even though he was sufficiently empowered to at least fight back and probably win. He had to wait only for the movement of mighty man in battle who was only going to show up, not according to David’s time but in His own time. The physical and emotional pressure and pain he went through can only be imagined, especially when he had the opportunity on two different occasions to put an end to the whole experience (1Sam. 24 1-7; 26:1-12), but the One who owned the power he possessed did not approve for it to be used for such purposes – Gen. 26:11, Psa. 105:15; 1Chr. 16:22. He simply had to allow Jehovah have His way and so waited until the Mighty One in battle was ready to deal with the situation. Indeed, the battle was not David’s battle but that of Jehovah – Psa. 55:22; 1Pet. 5:7.
Jehovah however did not disappoint as He eventually arrived in His own time to grant victory in a manner that David could not comprehend. Jehovah had taken all the glory and peace returned into the life of David. No wonder, in reaction to this single experience that spanned days, months and years and which marked his entry into his destined glory, he was credited to have written the psalm which is the foundation of these series of daily devotionals.
He opened up this psalm with the words found in the foundation of today’s teaching where he boldly and openly declared that he loved Jehovah declaring Him as his strength. Who would not after all he had gone through and the manner in which he became victorious with King Saul committing suicide – 1Sam. 31:1-5. He had achieved both physical and spiritual success, victory and upliftment in one single act and all these without his having to raise a finger. No wonder, he went ahead describing Jehovah as his rock, his fortress, his deliverer, his shield, the horn of his salvation and his stronghold.
This is not surprising though as one easily runs out of words to describe even mere mortals when they have been that impactful in one’s life during similar situations due to the accompanying joy of such times. He was not just flattering Jehovah but those were true expressions of how he saw Jehovah, thus reminding Christians today that they too could eventually see Jehovah from that perspective if only they were willing to take the cue from David.
The concept of Christians seeing every negative situation as one they need to fight with all those fastings, long prayer sessions and vigils is probably the reason why many of them will never be able to experience Jehovah in the same manner that David did. Jehovah can, and indeed is willing to be all that David described him as and even more for every one willing to follow the example of David, who allowed Jehovah to approach the battle in His own way while he concentrated on the sanctity of his relationship with Him by ensuring that it remained in the best of conditions. Christians must imbibe the evergreen advise of Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the Levite and a descendant of Asaph, who under the unction of the Holy Spirit reminded all facing life challenges to leave all such battles for Jehovah – 2Chr. 20:15.
Jehovah will be all that He was to David and more if only Christians can take away anger and bitterness and the thirst for vengeance during the presentation of their petition to Him. He is indeed a God to be loved and every victory in battle will only make you love Him the more. He will always be the strength, rock, fortress, deliverer, shield, horn of salvation and stronghold for all those who allow Him to have His way in their situation.
Instead of being violent in those situations that is erroneously describe as prayer battles, Christians will be more likely rewarded if they allow Jehovah to have His way. That is a prayer request approach that will never be regretted. May Jehovah grant us the grace to always allow Him have His way in our situations so He can manifest in all those qualities identified by David in our situations and we can also love Him more in Jesus’ name. Amen.