The Battle is the Lord’s

Today, the Lord will hand you over to me. Today, I’ll strike you down, cut your head off, and give the corpses of the Philistine camp to the birds of the sky and the creatures of the earth. Then all the world will know that Israel has a God, and this whole assembly will know that it is not by sword or by spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord’s. He will hand you over to us.” 1 Samuel 17:46-47 HCSB

While serving as the Youth Ministry Consultant for the Missouri Baptist Convention I was responsible for a youth camp at Windermere on the Lake of the Ozarks. We had three weeks of camp that ran back to back with about 500 people each week that came to Windermere from across Missouri and outside the state. It was always an exciting time as we saw the Lord move in the lives of many teenagers. One year the theme for the camp was “The Battle Belongs to the Lord” and we used the song by the same title as our theme song.

David was not intimidated by the size of Goliath or his taunting words. He just responded that the battle belonged to the Lord and that He would hand Goliath and the whole Philistine army over to the Israelites. I can imagine Goliath just laughing when David said that he would strike him down and cut off his head. Goliath was confident in his own strength, but David was confident in the strength of the Lord and knew that He would win the battle.

Challenge: Remember that the battle belongs to the Lord if you will only turn it over to Him and allow Him to take control of your life and whatever challenges you are facing. Listen to the song “The Battle Belongs to the Lord” by Petra on YouTube at

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