Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 25, 2015

“The Lord is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?” – “The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Chronicles chapter 20.

“1 Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that Joab led out the army and ravaged the land of the sons of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah.  But David stayed at Jerusalem.  And Joab struck Rabbah and overthrew it.  2 David took the crown of their king from his head, and he found it to weigh a talent of gold, and there was a precious stone in it;  and it was placed on David’s head.  And he brought out the spoil of the city, a very great amount.  3 He brought out the people who were in it, and cut them with saws and with sharp instruments and with axes.  And thus David did to all the cities of the sons of Ammon.  Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.

4 Now it came about after this, that war broke out at Gezer with the Philistines;  then Sibbecai the Hushathite killed Sippai, one of the descendants of the giants, and they were subdued.  5 And there was war with the Philistines again, and Elhanan the son of Jair killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.  6 Again there was war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature who had twenty-four fingers and toes, six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot; and he also was descended from the giants.  7 When he taunted Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him.  8 These were descended from the giants in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.”   1 Chronicles chapter 20.

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Today’s Scripture shows giants killed by David and his servants.

We face figurative giants too.  We can either look within our self and fear out of our shortcomings, or, we can look up to God and take refuge in Him.

” 6 The Lord is for me;  I will not fear;
What can man do to me?
7 The Lord is for me among those who help me;
Therefore I will look with satisfaction on those who hate me.
8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
Than to trust in man.
9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord
Than to trust in princes.

10 All nations surrounded me;
In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off.
11 They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me;
In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off.
12 They surrounded me like bees;
They were extinguished as a fire of thorns;
In the name of the Lord I will surely cut them off.
13 You pushed me violently so that I was falling,
But the Lord helped me.
14 The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.”  Psalm 118:6-14.

“6 “Lift up your eyes to the sky,
Then look to the earth beneath;
For the sky will vanish like smoke,
And the earth will wear out like a garment
And its inhabitants will die in like manner;
But My salvation will be forever,
And My righteousness will not wane.
7 “Listen to Me, you who know righteousness,
A people in whose heart is My law;
Do not fear the reproach of man,
Nor be dismayed at their revilings.
8 “For the moth will eat them like a garment,
And the grub will eat them like wool.
But My righteousness will be forever,
And My salvation to all generations.”  Isaiah 51:6-8.

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