Friday, April 17, 2009

Fight'n Words...

Sometimes I get the urge to fight my own battles. I've learned though, that it is never, ever a good idea. King David understood the futility of trying to fight his own battles, too. Today's verses, 2 Samuel 5:1-10, and 1 Chronicles 11 and 12, reveal a little about his victory against the Jebusites. They were the original inhabitants of Jerusalem, and according to the Bible, they taunted David saying things like, "You'll never get in here! Even the blind and lame could keep you out!"

If I'm true to the stereotypes associated with my southern roots (and more specifically, my westside girl distinction) I'd be inclined to say something here like, "them's fight'n words!", and as grammatically incorrect as that would be, I'm guessing you might agree.

David did fight, but not on his own--scripture records that he captured Jerusalem, defeating those jeering Jebusites--and staking his claim on what came to be known as The City of David because "The Lord of Heaven's Armies" was with him.

Without The Lord of Heaven's Armies fighting for me, I am incapable of knowing how to appropriately confront my persecutors. But if God fights my battles for me, victory is assured. And I'll take God's guaranteed victory over possible defeat, any day!

Thank you Lord that you go before those who wait on you to lead and trust you enough to follow when you do. You are Almighty God, victorious in battle!

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