When I read David’s reply to Goliath’s threats it was like winning the jackpot. Sometimes the bible requires hard work to get at it’s truth but at other times it pours out like gold coins into your lap. In each of these posts I have attempted, without any detailed study or reading, to simply scoop out the winnings from the bottom of the passage and put it into my pockets. I could do a lot of things with them but I am going to spend them in pursuit of supernatural healing. There is plenty here so help yourself!
“The battle is the Lords” : The battle is not between David and Goliath but between God and the Goliath, God and the Philistines, God and the forces of darkness. It’s God’s battle. He owns it and he will win it. We join his battle. You will remember the bit in the bible where Joshua looks up and sees a man in front of him with a drawn sword. When Joshua asks him “Are you with us or our enemies?” he gets the reply “Neither, but as commander of the LORDs army I have now come”. Joshua is told to take of his sandals because the place he is standing ins holy (a la Moses and the burning bush me thinks) and then in the blink of an eye the narrative describes God as talking : “the LORD said to Joshua…“. Gideon will have a similar encounter when he sees a man and then the narrative suddenly has God speaking. Anyway, the point I want to make is that God is the one who is leading the battle against the kingdom of darkness. He is not on our side, we are on his side. When David comes against Goliath it is because God is attacking Goliath. When we pray for and command sickness to go we are joining God’s battle against it.
“He will give all of you into our hand” : This is the second time he has said this and it gives the phrase massive emphasis. Whatever things look like, however we feel, whatever fearsome troubles tower over us, God will give them into our hand. David is saying “You can mouth of all you like, you can come as fast and hard as you like, you can have as many weapons as you like, there can be as many of you as you like, but God will give you all into our hand.” I want to have that same attitude. No matter how big a problem is my reaction should be “God will deliver you into our hand”.
I think this phrase is plural ie “you” plural and “us”. I should probably look at a commentary at this point, but at the moment I am enjoying writing as it comes to me. I wonder though if it is legitimate to see something of the church here. The first time David says “God will deliver you into my hand” but this time he says “God will deliver you all into our hands” (at least in the NIV it says that). Jesus wins the battle single handed but the church fights and wins too. There is a singular and plural aspect to this battle. I was praying yesterday for the church and felt God say that the battle for healing is one that we are to fight together.
I remembered a Simpsons episode when all the kids stood up to a bully and he ran off. Individually we are vulnerable to being bullied by our enemy but together we can put him to flight. Each person in the church needs to be on the attach praying for people to be well so that there is no resting place for sickness among us. I did an experiment once when I tried to kill a fly. I would try to swat him but he would be too fast for me. Whenever he landed somewhere I would swat him and each time he would fly off just in time. However, as I kept doing that he got more and more tired. Eventually he ran out of energy and I got him. That is how it will be with sickness and praying for people to get well. Let’s keep going!
And that is it! What a great few verses. If you interested in what happend next, here are the next few verses:
When the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.
So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. There was no sword in the hand of David. Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled. And the men of Israel and Judah rose with a shout and pursued the Philistines as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron, so that the wounded Philistines fell on the way from Shaaraim as far as Gath and Ekron. And the people of Israel came back from chasing the Philistines, and they plundered their camp. And David took the head of the Philistine and brought it to Jerusalem, but he put his armor in his tent. (ESV) 1 Sam 17:48-54
Goliath never knew what hit him. David’s words had substance to them because they were filled with faith. It wasn’t just a pebble that floored Goliath, it was the weighty hand of God made manifest by faith. Faith can move mountain and it can slay giants. I don’t know about you but I’m off to pick a fight!