For by You I can run against a troop;
By my God I can leap over a wall.
As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the Lord is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
For who is God, except the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?
God is my strength and power,
And He makes my way perfect.
He makes my feet like the feet of deer,
And sets me on my high places.
He teaches my hands to make war,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. –2 Sam 22:30-35
an interview with King David, the most powerful warrior king of Israel.
He never received military training, but he led an army to conquer all the
neighboring nations and kings. He extended the borders of Israel’s kingdom so far that none
of his successors was able to do so again. He was invincible.
You probably want
to know the secret to his military prowess. You expect him to highlight his
best military strategies, retell some valiant battles, or reminisce how he and
his men bravely overcame the most difficult circumstances.
does not shy away from talking about his feats. He tells you that he is able to
“run against a troop” and “leap over a wall.” His feet are as fast as the feet
of deer. His arms are so strong that they can bend a bow of bronze. But these
are really not his main point. In fact, you can see from his words that he
doesn’t think it’s about him at all. Instead, he repeatedly tells of how God
made it all happen for him.
The secret to
David’s successes is that he always places his trust and confidence in God
alone. For him, who gets the credit is never a question. He has known all along
who makes him accomplish great things. He doesn’t try to take the spotlight
from the true Hero, but speaks candidly and proudly about Him. It is this
child-like dependence on the Lord that keeps him in God’s favor and continues
to make him great.
In a world that
idolizes heroes and celebrities, people attribute their successes to
innovation, hard work, technology, persistence, or intelligence. God has been
relegated to the realm of philosophy, and to give God credit has become a
Society teaches us
to believe in and promote ourselves to achieve success. So it’s all too easy
for us to forget how we got to where we are or who really made things happen.
Even in serving God, we may tend to speak more about ourselves than about God.
But whenever we
turn attention from God to ourselves, that is the
beginning of our failure. Whenever we think our strength lies in ourselves, that is when we become most vulnerable.
If we wish to be
as successful as David in God’s eyes, let God be our strength and power. Trust
Him as our shield and our rock. Acknowledge Him always in our hearts and
actions, and He will also do great things through us.