'You armed me with strength for battle.' Psalm 18:39 NIV
We all face battles in life. We always have a choice as to how we respond: we can keep fighting or allow the struggle to become all-consuming. In order to keep fighting, we need to have a faith that refuses to quit.
King David had many struggles. But he understood the importance of maintaining the right perspective. He said, 'You armed me with strength for battle' (Psalm 18:39 NIV). We're not built to handle everything on our own. God will always give us strength when we ask him for it. In Isaiah 41:10, God says: 'So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand' (NIV). When we realise that God is there to take our burdens and give us the strength we need to make it through, we won't feel despondent and overwhelmed. We'll develop an 'overcomer' attitude - after all, 'we are more than conquerors through him who loved us' (Romans 8:37 NIV).
Once we've made it through to the other side of the battle, we need to realise that we got through by God's strength. In Psalm 18, David pursued his enemies and didn't give up, but he acknowledged God's help and strength. It's great to celebrate our victories when we've overcome a battle, but we also need to acknowledge and glorify God.
So what now? Think of a hard situation that you've been through. Then thank God for giving you the strength for the battle.
Soulfood: 2 Chr 12-15, John 11:28-37, Ps 50, Pro 26:27-28