David’s Victories Are Due to The Power of God

The stirring words uttered by Patrick Henry in an address to the House of Burgesses, Virginia, in March, 1775 are worth re-reading: “They tell us sir, that we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be next week, or th … More

Strength

This passage is introduced by the major themes of refuge and God as “rock” (vv. 30-31), which is how this Psalm began (vv. 1-2). David was not a coward, he was a mighty warrior, who with all his armies and weapons, knew that only God could ultimately protect and save him. He uses the language of war to describe his victories. He consistently acknowledges that his victorious efforts are solely due to the power of God. He is convinced that his battle record is due to the Lord’s hand upon him.

David describes how God prepared him for battle, giving him strength and efficiency (vv. 32-34).  God promises to give us strength to meet challenges, but he doesn’t promise to eliminate them. If He gave us no rough roads to walk on and no battles to fight we would not grow. He gave him victory over his enemies, pursuing, crushing and destroying them (vv. 35-42) and how God gave him rule over other nations (vv. 43-45). Everything he had done and everything he now enjoyed was because of the Lord’s enabling strength. Just as God has provided the offensive weapons for the believer, likewise He provides adequate defensive weapons (v. 35). Seeing the victory of David, the enemy, as a last resort, cried out to God for victory but victory was denied to the ungodly (v. 41). God gave him victories in every battle (vv. 43-45). He did not attribute his victories to himself but realized it was a part of God’s plan.

Application

Some people think that belief in God is a crutch for weak people who cannot make it on their own. However God is truly a shield to protect me when I am too weak to face certain trials by myself.

Psalms 18:30-45 (English Standard Version)

This God--his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?-- the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip. I pursued my enemies and overtook them, and did not turn back till they were consumed. I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise; they fell under my feet. For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me. You made my enemies turn their backs to me, and those who hated me I destroyed. They cried for help, but there was none to save; they cried to the LORD, but he did not answer them. I beat them fine as dust before the wind; I cast them out like the mire of the streets. You delivered me from strife with the people; you made me the head of the nations; people whom I had not known served me. As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me; foreigners came cringing to me. Foreigners lost heart and came trembling out of their fortresses.

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