JEHOVAH-SABAOTH - Fighting the Battle for the Grieving Heart
Posted Oct 20 2009 10:02pm
He was a fine looking boy. Anyone who met him couldn't help but notice his rosy-red cheeks and the hint of peach fuzz on his face. David was the youngest of eight boys. As the youngest, his job was to tend to the sheep while his older brothers were in the army defending their country. Young David divided his time between sheep-tending in his home town and running errands for the King at Oak Valley where the army was camped. One day, David's father was very concerned about his older sons and curious about how the battle was going. Since he was too old to make the trip himself, he sent David to Oak Valley with bread and cheese for his brothers. While he was there, David saw for himself why the battle was not going well for his countrymen. David saw a giant. This 10-foot tall Philistine named Goliath was mocking the army of Israel and had all the soldiers quaking in their boots. No one was willing to fight the giant.
David may have been young and small, but he was not short on faith. He knew the reputation of his country was at stake. Besides, he couldn't stand hearing the giant mock the army of the living God. Bravely,David volunteered to step out and fight the giant. Shocked, King Saul told him he was too young and inexperienced. But David convinced the King that he would rely on the same God who had rescued him when he fought lions and bears while tending sheep. So, the King agreed. Can you imagine the look on the giant's face when little David stepped out onto the battlefield with only a sling and five stones as his weapon? But the giant couldn't see David's greatest weapon. David called upon JEHOVAH-SABAOTH, the Lord of Hosts to fight the battle for him. And so it happened. With one sling of a stone, the giant fell dead to the ground.( see 1 Samuel 17 )
You and I have access to the same weapon that young David did when he fought the giant. As children of JEHOVAH-SABAOTH, the Lord of Hosts, we can call out to Him to rescue us when we face our own giants - just like David. Perhaps right now you are facing the giant named grief. If you have a grieving heart, no doubt you are battling hopelessness, despair, or depression. You may be feeling overwhelmed, confused, or angry. My friend, we can learn a lesson from that rosy-cheeked boy in the Old Testament. David didn't look at the size of the giant he was fighting, he looked at the size of his God who would fight the battle for him.
As the Lord of Hosts, JEHOVAH-SABAOTH is the Commander of all the earthly and cosmic forces. He rules over all the celestial bodies and the angels. This particular name of God describes Him in military terms as the Ruler of the Armies of Heaven.
The Lord is a warrior, Jehovah is His name. (Exodus 15:3)
For the Lord is the one who shaped the mountains, stirs up the winds, and reveals his thoughts to mankind. He turns the light of dawn into darkness and treads on the heights of the earth. The LORD GOD of Heaven's Armies is his name. (Amos 4:13)
Here's the good news: we don't have to rely on our own strength, our own reserves of energy,or our own self-determination to fight the battle with grief. Our Redeemer, JEHOVAH-SABAOTH, will call up any army necessary to rescue us. Just like David told that awful giant, the battle is the Lord's! Beloved child of God, run to Him. After all, when the righteous run to the strong tower of JEHOVAH-SABAOTH, they are saved. (see Proverbs 18:10 )
Journaling Ideas 1. When was the last time you felt overwhelmed? Describe it. 2. Are you facing a giant in your life right now? What is it? 3. What evidence do you see of God in your life? 4. To whom can you reach out and encourage this week? What will you do or say? 5. What has been the best thing that happened to you this week?
Your Grieving Toolbox Your tool for this week is self-talk. Just like it sounds I would like for you to talk to yourself. Whether you realize it or not we talk to ourselves all the time. We call ourselves names (sometimes good, sometimes bad), give ourselves instructions, and remind ourselves of what is on our calendar. Today I would like for you to talk to your soul and reassure yourself that JEHOVAH-SABAOTH, the Lord of Hosts is fighting for you at this very moment. As an example, I would like you to read a poem by Katharina A. von Schlegel that describes what I mean by self-talk.
Be Still, My Soul
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side. Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain. Leave to thy God to order or provide; In every change, He faithfully will remain. Be still, my soul: thy best thy heavenly Friend Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Precious love of God, I pray that you will no longer be weary but will have rest as you lay your burden before Jesus. May you learn from the Savior and find peace in your soul. Amen. (based on Matthew 11:25-30)