There are certain characteristics that God cannot help but reward lavishly; one of them is David’s optimism.
David breaks into the scene at a dark moment. Goliath the Philistine giant is spewing curses and abuses. The demonic spirits are on the loose and out of control. Fear has gripped the army, including the commander in chief, King Saul.
David the shepherd boy cannot take it anymore. He declares to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear and javelin. But I come
to you in the name of the Lord of hosts.” He could not be intimidated by any giant.
“This day,” he declares, “the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you.”
He lets that sink in, then adds with contagious optimism, “I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts, that the earth may know that there is a God is Israel.”
May that same God fight your battles this year. May He subdue and disarm principalities on your behalf. As you worship Him and declare His victory over the giants of your time, you will see their downfall. Let the Lord Himself reveal the hidden treasures of darkness and riches in secret places as you listen keenly and follow His lead.
Let our lives and our tongues declare His glory – that the world around us may know that the Lord God is our King and our Lord.