"After this David smote the Philistines and subdued them…he defeated Moab, and measured them with a line…David also defeated Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah…David put garrisons in Syrian Damacus…The Lord preserved and gave victory to David wherever he went."
II Samuel 8: 1-3, 5, 6, Amplified Bible
"God to surround me, God to encompass me;
God in my words, God in my thoughts;
God in my waking, God in my resting;
God in my hoping, God in my doing;
God in my heart, God in my soul;
God in my weakness, God in my strength;
God in my life, God in eternity."
W. Mary Calvert
Do I need God's strength to surround me today?
In what part of my life do I feel weak?
What does God's exceptional strength mean to me?
"What we need is to establish our hearts firmly in God's strength, and struggle as best we can to place all our confidence and hope in Him; in this way we shall be like Him, as far as possibility, even in His unchanging rest and His stability."
Jordan of Saxony
"The desert bears the sign of (our) complete helplessness as (we) can do nothing to subsist alone, and by (ourselves), and (we) thus discover (our) weakness and the necessity of seeking help and strength in God."
Recently I was reading an article about specific foods that are intended to boost the immune system in the body, which the author noted decreases fatigue and increases strength and endurance.
After reading the first few verses in II Samuel 8, I'm convinced David must have been eating all the right food for it would take a very strong person with an almost unlimited source of endurance to take on nation after nation in battle and conquer all these foreign foes. When we stop to remember that the battles in David's time weren't fought in the air but on land in hand-to-hand combat and these wars required long forays into desert and mountainous areas of arid land, the challenge David undertook seems to be a totally impossible one.
As I read II Samuel 8: 1-14, I let my mind wander a little as I thought about life at that time. If I had been an Israelite, living under the kingly rulership of David, I would have been proud of our leader who dominated the other nations. The Philistines fell. So did the Moabites, as did the Edomites, Amalekites, and Ammonites. In fact, the strength of David's leadership became, "renowed" (II Samuel 8: 13).
However, lest we think that the little shepherd boy-wonder, David, was able to accomplish these feats on his own, it would do us well to note II Samuel 8: 6 & 14. In both of these passages, the same phrase is repeated, "The Lord preserved him and gave victory to David wherever he went." Make no mistake, David wasn't a one-man wrecking crew. He had help - the ultimate help and strength in everything he did. And David knew it, too! Of any book in the Bible, the word "strength" is mentioned more in the book of Psalms, than any other. Here are just a few of David's reflections on the empowering strength of God:
1. "I love You fervently and devotedly, O Lord, my strength." Psalm 18: 1
2. "The Lord is my Strength and my impenetrable shield; my heart relies and trusts on Him, and I am helped" Psalm 28: 7
3. "For You are the God of my strength. My Stronghold - in whom I take refuge." Psalm 43: 2
4. "Unto You, O my Strength, I will sing praises; for God is my Defense, my Fortress, and High Tower." Psalm 59: 17
5. "With God rests my salvation and my glory; He is my Rock of unyielding strength and impenetrable hardness and my refuge is in God." Psalm 62: 7
6. "Blessed be the Lord, my Rock and my keen and firm strength." Psalm 144: 1
It's clear - David understood that the victories he had were not something that had to do with his might and strength. His victories belonged to God, his Father, Leader and Guide.
We would do well to remember this too. Our strength, in the daily battle of life, be it spiritual or emotional - physical or psychological - is God's strength. And it is a strength we can rely on! It is God's strength that never fails. It is God's strength that holds us in His arms.
If today you feel worn down by a battle that is bigger than you - never fear! Call on the God of strength. Your Strong tower. Your Refuge. And just as God did for David, He will preserve you and give you victory.
"Father, hear the prayer we offer,
Not for ease that prayer shall be,
But for strength that we may ever
Live our lives courageously."
Love Maria Willis
"Circle me O God
Keep peace within
Keep turmoil out.
Circle me O God
Keep calm within
Keep storms without
Circle me O God
Keep strength within
Keep weakness out."
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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