“The enemy will try to fill you with fear and prick your heart. He might look big and bad, but crush it! He has nothing on our God.” -Me at the Sculpture Fields at Montague Park, Chattanooga, TN, Sculpture : River City Queen by Doug Schatz

by Tammy Phillips
September 4, 2020

David  to Saul, when he volunteered to  battle the giant,Let no man’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:32 NKJV). David saw “this Philistine” as an insignificant foe against the Lord. 
What great words to adopt.  Fill in the blank:

“Let no man’s heart fail because of _________!

  • coronavirus
  • cancer
  • depression
  • death
  • a broken heart
  • great loss
  • political unrest
  • work
  • lack of work
  • any sickness
  • any obstacle
  • any giant

David encouraged his heart and mind.  He boldly declared to Saul his preparedness to battle the giant.  David remembered his history with God:

I went out after it and struck it, and delivered it from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught [it] by its beard, and struck and killed it. The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear,  He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1 Samuel 17:37 NKJV)

Naturally, David’s victory over Goliath looked impossible.  God had prepared him all of his life for this battle.  David realized that God’s story, His history was David’s history.  He was nothing without God.  David remembered that he had went out after, struck and defeated a lion and a bear; so, what was a giant?  God had delivered him before and would do it again.  Remember!  We need to recall the many times that God has been faithful and delivered us from past giants. 

Early in our marriage, Kris and I championed a phrase, “This will not defeat me!”  We have put it to practice.  Years ago, I was delivered from cancer in one swoop.  I had a hysterectomy.  The doctor asked if I wanted the good news or the bad news, first.  The bad news was that I had uterine cancer; the good news was that the surgery had  completely cured me.  I did not require chemo nor radiation.  Praise God!  When the fear of cancer came knocking again and rose against me in the form of an abnormal mammogram requiring a biopsy, I struck back and told the enemy that he was knocking at the wrong door.  He was!  Lastly, I went through a horrific personal battle, and lost hearing in one ear, all at the same time.   My loss was so significant that the ENT doctor said he did not know if I would ever regain my hearing.  The Lord reminded me that I could stand up to the enemy and say, “Not today, Satan!”  Two days later, my hearing returned.  God is faithful!   

I enCOURAGE you not to let your heart fail! “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not on lean on your own thoughts…for as you think in your heart, so are you. Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.  Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all who hope in the LORD. (Proverbs 3:5, 23:7, 4:23; Psalm 31:24)

I pray your battle cry be, “from the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I and though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident…The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD [is] the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 61:2, 27:3, 27:1)

And may your song be…”My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise.” (Psalm 57:7 NKJV)


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