GOD IS OUR PROTECTOR
David was well known for killing Goliath (1 Samuel 17) and thousands of his enemies (1 Samuel 18:7). He became Israel's greatest warrior and king. However, all these things would never have happened to him without his faith in God. The wonderful thing about the Psalms is that the authors express what is really going on in their hearts and minds. For example, David expressed why he defeated his enemies. He said, "He reached down from Heaven and rescued me; he drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemies, from those who hated me and were too strong for me. They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress, but the Lord supported me (Psalm 18:16-18)." He continued to say, "God arms me with strength, and he makes my way perfect. He makes me as surefooted as a deer, enabling me to stand on mountain heights. He trains my hands for battle; he strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow. You have given me your shield of victory. Your right hand supports me; your help has made me great. You have made a wide path for my feet to keep them from slipping (Psalm 18:32-36)."
Hand-to-hand combat in ancient times was brutal, especially when using knives and swords. They didn't have a sophisticated medivac to help the injured soldiers during those times. As a result, many soldiers died on the battlefield. However, God was with David. God trained him for battle and gave him swiftness and strength to defeat all his enemies. Similarly, God sustains us to fight our daily battles in our own life. Just as David trusted and relied on God's strength, we must also do the same as we face our daily challenges in life. Some situations are too much for us to handle, but God can handle them for us. We only need to trust and rest in Him. God can fight for our battles if we walk in faith in Him. We can simply surrender our battles to Him.
David said these words, "God's way is perfect. All the Lord's promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection (Psalm 18:30)." Many trust in their possessions, connections, and positions, but they will all fade away. However, God is our ultimate protector. Let us walk in faith today and not in fear.
Ask yourself these questions for application: (Think through carefully and meditate on the questions while answering them, and let the Spirit of God speak to you). How did David become a mighty warrior and a king? How can I fight for my battles? Why is it important to trust God in my battles?
Write down all the worries you face today and lift them up to God.
Father in Heaven, thank you for reminding me today that you are my ultimate protector. Please give me guidance, wisdom, and strength to fight my battles today. Please help to trust you and not walk in fear. Thank you for the victory that I have in you. In your name, Lord Jesus, I pray. Amen.