“If the Lord had not been on our side…”
We know that as well as being a King, David was a warrior. He learned his skills defending sheep from wolves, and gained his reputation among men by his fearless stance against the giant Goliath.
During his reign he defeated the Philistines, the Moabites, the Syrians, the Edomites and the Ammonites. He effectively conquered all of Israel’s surrounding enemies. In fact his empire was so strong that his successor, Solomon, never had to fight a war.
Despite his failings and mistakes, David was, overall, an extremely successful King. Yet here, he gives all the credit where it is due: to the Lord. In his life, he had sought to serve God and to live and govern according to God’s will. He had not always succeeded – who does? – but he had no hesitation in believing that his victories were not of his own making, but by the hand of the Lord.
If the Lord had not been on our side, he says, we would have been destroyed, swept away and lost. Praise be to the Lord.
When things are going well and we are experiencing success in our lives, it is tempting to congratulate ourselves. David could have written about what a great warrior he was, what a master military tactician, but instead he chose to give praise to God. If we experience success in our lives, it is by the grace and favour of God at work in and through us.
Let us, like David, give credit where it’s due, since we know that “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)
Meditation verse: Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.