“The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:37, NLT)
I love how David said it.
He didn’t say, “Saul, let me fight the giant. I’m strong and I can win this!” or “I know what to do, trust me, leave this all to me!”
Instead he chose to use the word“rescue.” Not really an impressive word to use in a fierce battle. But to David, it was clear that he will not do the fighting, the Lord will.
I love how he came so brave and courageous enough to enter the battle, yet so weak and humble enough to acknowledge that he needed a rescue. He knew that the battle was not his, but God’s.
A rescue. Mind you.
Ah, Lord, teach me to respond like David, especially in times when I like to own my battles.
“David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the Lord rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the Lord’s battle, and he will give you to us!”
– 1 Samuel 17:45-47