"Then said David to the Philistine, ‘you come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel. Whom you have defied.'"
I Samuel 17: 45, Amplified Bible
"In The Name of the Lord of Hosts"
"A man (or woman) can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word darkness on the walls of his (her) cell."
C. S. Lewis
Have I ever defied the God of heaven by my words or actions?
What does it mean to me to come up against the "Goliaths" in my own life in, "the name of the Lord"?
"O God, never suffer us to think that we can stand by ourselves, and not need Thee."
Do not despair if there be no means, for God can work without them, as well as with them; "I will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen."
Hosea 1: 7 K.J.V.
It was certain, Goliath meant business. With weapons of war - spears, bows, and javelins -- he and the other Philistine warriors came up against the Israelites. It was going to be a blow-out as far as the Philistines were concerned. And when a little lad like David came out of the shadows and informed Goliath he was going to fight him, the giant was infuriated. How dare this little kid think he could beat someone of Goliath's size and might.
However, we shouldn't be so quick to jump to the conclusion Goliath did. All Goliath saw was a young man with a sling shot and some stones in his hand. What Goliath missed was hearing the words David spoke. David informed Goliath he wasn't taking him on alone. In fact, David was on a mission in the name of another. David was fighting with the support of "Someone" else surrounding him "the Lord of hosts."
As I read this text today, my thoughts went back to a day, many years ago, when I was just 21-years-old. Due to a difficult and painful situation, I found myself in a very serious financial mess, not of my own making. One day, a dear friend of my parents who was my dad's best friend called me. I found out that my dad had told him about the problems I was facing. This gentleman, named Ernie, told me he was going to come by my parent's house to pick me up. He said he wanted to take me to the bank around the corner from where he lived. I didn't know what was going on until we arrived at the bank and walked into the office of the President of the bank whom I found out was one of Ernie's close friends. Ernie informed the banker that I needed a loan of $1,500 - a significant amount of money for a young person to obtain. He told the banker I was a nurse with a good job and that over a period of two years, I could easily make payments to repay the loan. But here's the part of the story that brought me to tears. Ernie told the banker, he knew I was young and didn't have a credit history so he would co-sign on the loan. I said "Ernie, you can't do that!" But he insisted. However, and here's what amazed me, still to this day, the banker looked at Ernie then at me and said, "Ernie doesn't have to co-sign. His word is good enough for me. His name is worth everything for if he says you will pay this loan, I am taking his word that what he says is true." I came to the bank without any credit, in a severe emergency needing help. But I also came in the name of one who not only had credit but standing and history with the banker. I was given what I didn't deserve because of Ernie's name.
So often, you and I completely forget when the battles of life threaten to knock us to the ground and Goliath comes with his spear and javelin, that we are covered by the name of the Lord of hosts. We may not deserve the protection. We may not have credit in our own name but we aren't in the battle alone. There's a name on the banner that protects and surrounds us - and it is, "the Lord of hosts." David didn't forget whose name covered him when he came against Goliath and neither should you and I.
"Almighty God, in whom we live and move and have our being, You have made us for Yourself and our hearts are restless until in You they find their rest. Grant us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing Your will, no weakness from doing it; but that in Your light we may see light clearly, and in Your service we may find your perfect freedom."
give us wisdom to perceive You,
intellect to understand You,
diligence to seek You,
patience to wait for You,
eyes to behold You,
a heart to meditate on You,
and a life to proclaim You."
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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