Joy in God’s Strength and Victories

As I watched an interview from the Broncos and Ravens game this morning, I heard Ray Lewis exclaim in victory “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.” I am not stating that his quote of the Word of God is true, proper or right. I am using it as a reference that we should experience Joy in God’s Strength and Victories. If Ray Lewis can give glory and credit to God for the joy that came from their strength to continue fighting in a playoff football game as well as being victorious, we should have a higher regard for God’s strength and victories which have greater purposes.

Like Ray Lewis, David, in Psalm 21, expressed Joy in God’s Strength and Victories. Listen to what he said.

O Lord, the king rejoices in your strength.
How great is his joy in the victories you give!

This is King David who is reflecting over all his challenges and threats to the throne. He stated that he was glad, no rejoiced in God’s strength and in God’s victories given. I can imagine David reflecting on his first major victory. The men of Israel quaked at Goliath. They all were afraid, but God gave David the strength to face Goliath. Listen to this excerpt from 1 Samuel 17.

He was over nine feet tall. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels; on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him.

Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” 10 Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the ranks of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” 11 On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.

32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.” But Saul did not think he could since he was only a boy. Listen to David’s Joy in God’s Strength and Victories. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”

David served as a foreshadowing for the true King of Kings, Jesus Christ. If you read the rest of 1 Samuel 17, you see all kinds of joys extended to Jesus for fighting God’s battle just as David did. If you want to experience joy, look for the battles and struggles in your life. As you go through them watch for the Joy in God’s Strength and Victories.


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