Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 8, 2015

“but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Today’s devotion comes from 2 Samuel 23:8-39.  Here is a link to this Scripture –

I quote only the following verses.

“8 These are the names of the mighty men whom David had:  Josheb-basshebeth a Tahchemonite, chief of the captains, he was called Adino the Eznite, because of eight hundred slain by him at one time;  9 and after him was Eleazar the son of Dodo the Ahohite, one of the three mighty men with David when they defied the Philistines who were gathered there to battle and the men of Israel had withdrawn. 10 He arose and struck the Philistines until his hand was weary and clung to the sword, and the Lord brought about a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to strip the slain.

11 Now after him was Shammah the son of Agee a Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered into a troop where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the people fled from the Philistines.  12 But he took his stand in the midst of the plot, defended it and struck the Philistines; and the Lord brought about a great victory.

39 Uriah the Hittite;  thirty-seven in all.”  2 Samuel Chapter 23:  Verses 8-12 and 39.


Today’s Scripture names David’s thirty-seven mighty men and recounts some of their mighty acts.  But, it reminds the reader twice (verses 10 and 12) that “the Lord brought about a great victory”.

Today’s Scripture concludes by naming the man (Uriah the Hittite) whom David arranged to be killed to try to hide David’s adultery with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife.

Scripture humbles us and reminds us Who gives us the victory. 

“16 The king is not saved by a mighty army;
A warrior is not delivered by great strength.
17 A horse is a false hope for victory;
Nor does it deliver anyone by its great strength. 

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope for His lovingkindness,
19 To deliver their soul from death
And to keep them alive in famine.
20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart rejoices in Him,
Because we trust in His holy name.
22 Let Your lovingkindness, O Lord, be upon us,
According as we have hoped in You.”  Psalm 33:16-22.

“But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory.  O death, where is your victory?  O death, where is your sting?”  The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law;  but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  1 Corinthians 15:54-57.


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