It’s June, beginning of the summer of 2016 and while some are having vacations and BBQ parties, there are others who are steeped in problems and heartache and it seems no one wants to hear about it. It is to that second group that I want to speak: Hello to all of you out there who can identify with the psalmist king David, a man who was often in deep trouble! David was an exceptional young man, a shepherd, a poet, a songwriter, a King and a man after God’s own heart, which came to a valley of decision, prevailed (withstood) and won!
Young David went to take food to his brothers, fighting at the front line, and heard a roar going up from a “braggadocios” giant named Goliath. The Philistines and the men of Israel were on standing on hills on opposite sides of a valley. That valley belonged to Judah, the tribe of Praise, and the Philistines were determined to fight for it and win. This story could be in tomorrow’s headlines, couldn’t it? It is said that the first thing on your mind in the morning and the last thing on your mind before you go to sleep are the most important things in your life. Goliath made sure that the first thing the Israelites heard in the morning and the last thing before they went to sleep were his brags about tearing them to pieces and feeding their bodies to the birds! Well let’s cut out all the details for the sake of space and say that David convinced Saul to let him have a shot at the giant (sling shot that is). David was part of the tribe of Judah and had been raised to praise God, abiding in praise as you can read in his Psalms, and this was HIS valley too! He RAN toward the Giant spinning that slingshot and even though he had chosen 5 smooth stones, it only took ONE, BANG, right in the only unprotected spot on his head, between his eyes, and down he went!
When we are facing a giant who is trying to take away our property, our praise, our happiness, we must face him head on and throw that stone of prayer and praise and down him! David then jumped up on his chest and cut off his head (this is rated PG13 for violence). He took that head into his tent and put it on a pole! The head represents authority, we take authority over the giants in our lives when we ask God in the name of Jesus and use stones made from the blood He shed on the Cross! When He died for us He gave us the authority to be-head our giants (problems).
John 14:12-14″Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.”
Face it, Jesus healed crippled, the blind, cleansed lepers and raised the dead, so if he left us with the power to do what He did, then can’t we at least face our giants knowing that He will be there for us? YES we can!
Come on David, sing a Psalm, let’s start with a verse from 91:15-16 He shall call on Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him, with long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation! That is God giving us His promise to be with us when we face our giants and He, unlike some of us, KEEPS His promises!
Face your giants with praise!