This post is going to be a little unusual because it’s not going to be based on this past Sunday’s sermon.
That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy Sunday’s sermon because I really did. I love our guest preacher, Maggie. Her sermon was great, and I want to take a moment to applaud her. Much like Maggie, the sermon was very encouraging, and she executed it wonderfully.
The reason this post isn’t based on Maggie’s sermon is because I’ve already done a post very similar to what Maggie preached on Sunday, and as of this moment, I feel there is little to nothing that I could write here that I haven’t previously written or that Maggie didn’t say. And I felt like you, dear readers, deserve much more than a recycled post from me.
Last week, I was browsing on Facebook, and I came across this Bible verse that struck me. It struck me because I liked it and because I didn’t remember it at all from anywhere. I actually looked up the scripture elsewhere to make sure it wasn’t like the scene from Pulp Fiction where the guy quotes a scripture that is completely inaccurate.
I found that this verse is legitimate and I found that it reads slightly different depending on which translation you use.
Psalm 18:29 (NLT): “In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.”
Psalm 18:29 (NKJV): “For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall.”
Psalm 18:29 (NRSV): “By you I can crush a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.”
And the image I saw that quoted the verse read, “With my God, I can break barricades,” but it didn’t cite a translation.
This psalm is written by David, who would turn out to be a military man. It started with Goliath and continued through the years. Back in those days, when a country went to battle, the king went with them. So it’s not altogether surprising that He would credit God with his successes in battle.
What I admire here is David’s confidence in God. He’s so sure of where his power and skill come from, and he doesn’t hide it. He declares it loudly and repeatedly. If you read all of Psalm 18, you’ll find that the entire thing reads strong and empowered yet somewhat affectionate like verse 29 does. David doesn’t necessarily speak in circles, but all of what he says is in the same vein.
This psalm is written pretty early in David’s military career, back when David was still the David that everyone loves to talk about. Before he pivoted in his devotion to God, before he lusted after Bathsheba, before he faltered. So this is a sort of innocent David that we’re hearing from, but David never refutes or regrets what he says here. Even when he wasn’t the leader of God’s team, David never said, “Oh, I had it wrong. It was me, not God, who did all that.” He never revoked his praises to God.
Yes, David became a great leader and a great fighter, but he believed that the source of it all was his God.
Everyone is good at something. I know people who are good at gardening, others who are good at singing, people who are good at video games, some who are good at managing money, and the list goes on and on. So I have no doubt that you are good at something. Are you giving God the credit for your skills?
Everyone fights battles. I know people who are struggling at work, people who are overcoming major injuries, some who are fighting depression, others who are trying to mend relationships, and so on. So I have no doubt that if you aren’t currently fighting a battle, you’ve either just gotten past one or will be in one soon. Are you giving God the glory for the success you’ve had?
Psalm 18:29 shows us David’s unwavering faith. He truly believes that with God, he can get past any army or obstacle, and that’s beautiful. It’s inspiring. Of course, David had his doubts and lapses from time to time because David was human, but that’s not the case here. He’s so sure of God’s abilities.
Another thing I love about this verse is that although David meant what he said literally, we can take his exact same words and apply them to our spiritual lives. No matter what comes against us or tries to stand in our way from reaching the full life God has for us, we can not only overcome it, but conquer it.
Take David’s example and words to heart. Let them influence you to believe in God to get you through what you’re going through, and let them be a guide for the structure of faith and thankfulness that you have in your own life. Because with God, you can crush an army and you can leap over a wall.
By Carrie Prevette
P.S. – If you want to check out the blog I wrote that closely relates to what Maggie talked about on Sunday, here’s the link to it: The Chatterbox: Who Said That?. I’m pretty sure this is the one I’m thinking of anyway as it deals a lot with one and one’s story. This post is also closely related in terms of self-acceptance and individuality if you’d like to check it out as well: Made to be Great, Change for the Greater.