Praise the Lord, who is my rock. He trains my hands for war and gives my fingers skill for battle. (Psalms 144:1 NLT)
We often think of David as a young shepherd – and he was; but David also grew into a fierce warrior. His victories in battle were impressive and innumerable.
Some of the earliest beginnings of David’s combat training came in the form of a lion and a bear, both of which had made attempts to kill the sheep. Armed with his slingshot, David defeated each of these foes – and credited The Lord for the victories.
Later, in one of David’s most renown conquests, he took down the Philistine giant named Goliath, cutting off his head with his own sword.
David’s life was marked by battles. He fought at nearly every stage of his life. And God gave him tremendous favor and great victory at every turn.
I am convinced that we are in a battle everyday. Earth is the battleground for the conflict between the kingdom of satan and the kingdom of God.
There is coming a day – a glorious day, when the Commander of Heaven’s armies will return to exact vengeance on satan and his demons, putting a final end to the war of the ages. Every knee will bow; every tongue will confess: “Jesus is Lord!”
But until that day, we are in the trenches, fighting. We are hard pressed, but not defeated. We may suffer loss, but we hold fast to our hope. We may even become weary, but His strength is perfected in us all the more.
David knew that life would bring its share of battles; but he also knew that God would train him to be equipped for every one of them.
The good news is that God doesn’t just train us to fight; He trains us to win.
I am more than a conqueror through Jesus Christ my Lord.
No weapon formed against me shall prosper.
Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.
The Lord is my strength and song, and has become my salvation.
The battle is The Lord’s.
Thank You for accompanying me in every battle I face. You have trained me. You are with me. And You are my victory!
Today I walk in victory, in Jesus’ name.