The Faith Mission Convention, Durrow 2013 – and David and Goliath!

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At the recent Faith Mission Convention in Durrow I was interested to learn that the above models of ‘David and Goliath’ won a prize in a local competition. Goliath, it has been said, was around ten foot tall, while David was just a youth, considerably less in stature. What a formidable sight Goliath would have seemed to the average person! But young David was not an average person, in spiritual terms, for he saw beyond the mere mortal man who stood before him. Boldly he confronted Goliath with these words: “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.” (1Samuel 17v45)

In many ways these are formidable days, too, in which we live. In 1Peter 5v8 we are advised to “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour.”

As David resisted Goliath, he did not put his trust in the weapons of this world – but rather his confidence was rooted in deep personal faith in the Lord God of Israel.

At the sight of these models of David and Goliath, I was reminded of a little poem which I wrote a long time ago now. This was based on the words of Moses in Exodus 14v14: “The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace;” David’s words in 1Samuel 17v47: “And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord, and he will give you unto our hands;” The words of Jahaziel in 2Chronicles 20v15…”for the battle is not yours, but God’s;” David’s words in Psalm 20v7: “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of Lord our God;” in Isaiah 54v17 we learn that “no weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgement thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.”

Finally, I base the little verse on these words from 1Corinthians 1v27-31… “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”

As we go into battle resisting the wiles of the evil one, we must put on the whole armour of God, (Ephesians 6v13) “that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand…”

Surely the strongest, most seemingly confident person in the world has lost the battle already if he is not clad with the spiritual armour that counts?

 

 

If The Battle Is The Lord’s…?

 

If the battle is the Lord’s

Then what have we to fear?

Cast off thine heavy armour-

He saveth not with sword or spear!

 

The Lord shall fight for you,

And ye shall hold your peace,

Though chariots pursue

And enemies increase!

 

For He hath chosen the weak,

And that which men despise,

To bring to naught the mighty,

To confound the great and wise!

 

© Elizabeth Burke.

 

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