The Lord of Hosts
The last couple of weeks have been difficult–circumstances and battles popping up almost out of nowhere, striking quickly and deeply, bringing into question old victories and exposing unresolved wounds. It has taken until this week to understand the nature of what I now recognize to be a series of little attacks, an effort from the enemy to create a lack of confidence and a subtle level of fear. This truth became much clearer after having heard a speaker’s testimony from our recent women’s conference. Though the attacks she experienced were not quite the same as that which I was encountering, the scenario was familiar.
Similarly, in the book of 1 Samuel, there is an account of an enemy, Goliath, that daily came against the armies of Israel, defiantly and arrogantly intimidating the troops morning and evening for forty days. Using only his words, he attacked their minds, scourging them with fear and destroying their confidence: “Then the Philistine said, ‘This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.’ On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.” 1 Samuel 17:10,11 Although the enemy’s attacks were only suggestions bombarding the minds of the people, they were effective.
But…there came a day when perspective was restored. God used a young man–a shepherd and the future king of Israel, David, to dispel the enemy’s lies: “’Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?’” 1 Samuel 17:26b He recognized the attack and boldly declared the truth, saying, “‘You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands…All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.’” 1 Samuel 17:45,46a,47
That day, David proclaimed one of the names of God–Jehovah Sabaoth, meaning The Lord of Hosts or The Lord of Armies. He professed with confidence who was on His side and defeated the enemy.
Today, stand up. Declare Jehovah Sabaoth. Remember who is on your side.