Tuesday, March 12, 2024

God of Victory

One of my favorite movies has the line, "It's good to be the king." And indeed, it is. 

But it's even better to be God's king and to have the anointing of the Lord on you. 

Just ask David. 

In the early days of David's kingship, after years of establishing himself as a warrior and finding great victories for the people of Israel, David did not know defeat. He simply didn't. He was walking in the way of the Lord, even as a man on the run, and God was truly with him. 

2 Samuel tells us, "The Lord gave David victory everywhere he went."

Imagine that for a second. Just think about it. Imagine what your life would be like if everywhere you turned, there was victory. If every battle you faced, you won. If every time you came up against something, you prevailed. 

I think for a lot of us, it would change the way we live. It would change the amount of courage we have. 

It might even change the amount of audacity we have. 

Maybe that's what I love about this story. This simple little truth - that the Lord gave David victory everywhere he went - doesn't really change where David is doing. David continues asking God for guidance; he continues praying; he continues living a life of faith. At least, at first. God's victory doesn't turn David into a warmongering steamroller, blasting out into the world, sword drawn, to stake a claim. 

He simply goes where God tells him to go, when God tells him to go there, and God gives him victory. 

It's such a simple formula. I wonder how it might work in my life...and yours. 

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