God And God Alone Is The One Who Brings Victory
9 Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
10 Is it not you, God, you who have now rejected us
and no longer go out with our armies?
11 Give us aid against the enemy,
for human help is worthless.
12 With God we will gain the victory,
and he will trample down our enemies.
David asks a very interesting question: Who will be able to lead David and his men to their objective and goal, and bring them to the fortified city to do battle? David knows the answer to this question, for it is God and God alone who gives true direction and victory over the enemy. David’s use of rhetorical questions should comfort us and give us instruction, for we too should ask ourselves questions that help us to remember our training in times of difficulty.
When faced with any type of difficulty, we should always seek God first in prayer. For it is God and God alone who can answer those prayers, provide the information needed to overcome our difficulties, and provide the strength and resources to be victorious.
David acknowledges that God had been withholding his protection and provision because of the sin of the people. This is very serious, and cannot be overstated enough. We need to remember that when just ONE member of the body is in pain, the whole body is in pain. Each and every one of us must do our part to ensure that we are not hindering the progress of the rest of the body.
God has withheld his blessing from His people before just because ONE person was sinning. Imagine that – the entire nation of Israel was denied victory in battle because ONE person was sinning! It is important that we remember that sin affects not only us, but those around us as well. Let us search our hearts daily to see if there is any wrongdoing within us, and ask the Lord God Almighty for His help in overcoming it and to repent of it. None of us should ever want to be the stumbling block for the rest of the body…
Plea for Progress
David pleads with God for help in overcoming his adversaries. We need to always go to God with our concerns and needs. Even though God already knows them, and is preparing the answer to the prayers we have not yet even prayed, we must do our part in this by being obedient to God and submitting ourselves through prayer in humility. God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. Let us follow the example of David and humble ourselves before God, asking Him for the victory. Let us trust in God and God alone for all victory. And He will lift up our heads.
David also acknowledges that the help of man is worthless. When faced with any issue, God greatly desires that we come to Him first, for He is all-knowing and all-powerful. He desires to bless us with His grace and mercy, and teach us more about His character through our dependence upon Him through our trials and difficulties. God desires that we deepen our relationship with Him during these times.
When we seek out men for help before God (and God may very well send us to others for advice, strategy, and resources, but only once we have sought Him out earnestly in prayer), we are in effect saying that God cannot help us, so we have chosen to men to help us. This is greatly disrespectful towards God, given His clear instruction throughout scripture showing us that He desires to be the first consulted. David recognizes that the help of man without the express prior approval and selection from God is utterly worthless. One angel of God could wipe out every army on Earth. Why would we seek out men and their strength when God can bring to bear LEGIONS of angels to assist us in our needs?
David now confirms what he already knows – that victory belongs to God and God alone. It is only with the help of God that we will be truly victorious. God has brought to bear great and mighty assistance to those in need, and will do so again. It is God and God alone who can do this. We cannot remind ourselves enough of this, for the truth shall set us free, and drawing close to God is always beneficial. It is then that He gives us His peace and opens His storehouses of provision and protection to His people:
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: When I face difficulties, who or what do I go to first for help?
A short prayer of preparation:
Father in Heaven, You show me again and again in Your word that You desire that each of us come to You first for all of our needs. Forgive me Father when I go to others first who are wise. You have all of the answers, and are sovereign over all creation. It is You who provide victory and assign wise counselors. Help me to stop listening to the world, the flesh, and the devil, who want to keep me from You and Your help and rely on myself and others. Give me the desire to always seek You first in all things. You have provided wise counsel and leaders to guide us, but it is You who are first in everything. Blessed be Your name forever and ever, Amen.