In the book 1 Samuel(30:7-20), King David was in a hopeless situation. His cities were destroyed, women and children were captured and all his subjects blamed him for all the misfortune they were facing. His enemies had increased in number. Trouble was all around. But David did not lose hope. He believed in God firmly. He kept a positive attitude amidst all troubles, even when all men were planning to stone him because of their agony of their children and women taken captive.
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David had experienced God’s power and protection first hand, during his childhood, which he hadn’t forgotten. He was a mere shepherd, and no one believed in Him apart from God when he was a shepherd. His three elder brothers were fighters, who followed the king Saul into battle. David was just a carrier of some provisions for his brothers (1 Samuel 17:20-47) .
But when he reached the battlefield, he saw Goliath, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, the giant came forth from the Philistine ranks to fight, and everyone’s heart sank seeing his size. But David, not only fought the giant but also defeated him with a slingshot. At that time, no one believed that he could save them by defeating a giant. His own brother Eliab accused him of presumption and having an evil heart (1 Samuel 17:28). But David did not waste time listening to rejection from people, because he knew, God believed in Him, else he would not have been filled with such courage to fight, being a mere shepherd, whereas all skilled warriors fled from there, terrified.
David told the giant Goliath, “you come with a sword, a spear, 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 defiled. (1 Samuel 17:45-47). The Lord saves not with the sword and spear, for the battle is Lord’s, and He will give you into our hands. And with a sling and a stone, David struck him down and slew him. Only His trust in God made David prevail over the Philistine.
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So now coming back to (1 Samuel 30:7-20), David’s enemies increased greatly, and his enemies mocked David of his faith saying “who will help him now?”.
But David cried out to Lord:—
“Lord how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah, but thou O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of His holy hill.”
You see, when you pray, prayer drives away your fear first of all. Secondly it assures you that God is not dead. He hears your every single prayer, when you pray with fervency of spirit. As you call on His name during your time of anguish and fear, you will find Him as lifter of your head and as your shield. As you seek His presence, He will guide you, fill you with His peace ‘that surpasses all human understanding’, He will hold you in His arms and sustain you. He is the ‘hiding place’, that you should run to and hide, and wait for Him to smite all enemy power.
While you are hiding in His refuge, it’s also a time to keep praying. Prayer gives you supernatural powers, prayer equips you to face your problems with a positive outlook, since you know there’s the greater “HE” who takes care of it all.
Often seeing enemies, people get overwhelmed. Now enemies do not exactly mean human enemies alone, they are there too….yes, but it also means the principalities of dark world which brings problems infront of you like huge mountains. When you face them, you should face them with King David’s approach, and say to your enemies, that “I come in the name of the Lord, the King of Hosts….who can defeat me?”
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But such strength in your prayer and faith can only come if it’s a daily journey of life.
Praying only when your heart is in anguish? Not a good idea. Because you are telling God that “only when I am in trouble, I will come to you for rescuing me. Other days when I am fine, I would keep away from you”. Come to think of it, would you like your friends and family to use you for crying over your shoulder, and keeping away from you, when you are craving for their company? NO. You will feel insulted. Similarly, God craves for a fellowship with you everyday, because He wants to know that you are grateful to Him for all He has done for you, for all your daily blessings that you take simply for granted.
So make it a habit everyday, to have a fellowship with your creator, and tell Him a simple “thank you”, for all you did and do. And see how He multiplies your blessings, because of your grateful heart, and for your positive attitude. When your enemies trouble you, pray..
“ Hold them guilty, O God, let them fall by their own designs and counsels, cast them out because of the multitude of their transgressions for they have rebelled against you.”
And I will sing of your praises forever Oh Lord!!