Monday, May 24, 2010

Monday Morning ~ Lord of Hosts


I continue to study Ann Spangler's book "Praying the Names of God" and linking up with Jill of Forever N Ever N Always.

This study has been such perfect timing for me.  I tend to focus on the challenges in my life.  My eyes gaze at all that needs to be done or simply  ...how can I get out of this?

Did you notice the "I" in that last one?

This morning I was reading about God as the Lord of Hosts or Yahweh Tsebaoth.  This title "emphasizes God's rule over every other power in the material and spiritual universe". 

Have you ever considered that all creation serves God's purposes?

The Scripture that contains this reference is found in 1 Samuel 17:45-46.  I'm sure you all remember the story of David and Goliath.
But David said to the Philistine, "You come to me with sword and spear and javelin; but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defiled.  This very day the LORD will deliver you into my hand."

Can you just picture little shepherd David yelling this up to the giant Goliath?

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David even refused King Saul's bronze helmet, armor and sword.  He simply wasn't used to wearing all of this. 

David's experience was as a shepherd herding and protecting his sheep.  The Lord had delivered him from the paw of the lion and the paw of a bear.  This past experience provided David with the confidence and faith that God could deliver him no matter how big and strong Goliath appeared.

I don't know about you.  But I'm not so sure I would have displayed the courage of David if I were in his shoes. 

My Goliath's are different but ...are they really?

What kind of Goliath's are you facing today?
  • Loss of a job
  • Financial stress
  • Loss of a home
  • Health issues
  • Disobedient children
  • Marriage problems
  • Spiritually mismatched relationships
  • Constant fatigue
  • Depression
Are you willing to call on the name of the LORD of hosts in the midst of your personal challenges?

There is great power in the name Yahweh Tsebaoth; LORD of hosts. 

Ann writes that this name "occurs more than 240 times in the Hebrew Scriptures, reminding us that all of creation, even in its fallen condition, is under God's rule and reign".

Remember how faithful God has been to you in the past?

Will you make the choice to display the confidence and faith of a David against your Goliath? 

Are you willing to trust the Lord of hosts today?

Blessings and love,


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14 comments:

Mom to 9 Blessings! said...

Trusting in Him with you Debbie!

Love you and thanks for the post!
Jill

Andrea said...

Thank you for praying for my friend, MaryGrace.
andrea

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, What a wonderful post-such a good reminder. I am joining and saying Amen to all of His plan for our lives.
Hugs, Noreen

Clif said...

Great post. I like Ann Spangler's books. I have Sitting At The Feet of Rabbi Jesus by her and Lois Tverberg. It's excellent.

Felisol said...

Lovely post,- again.
I've more or less given up on my Goliath, the constant fatigue syndrome, making my exhausted but also irritated and unpleasant (like Sonja wrote about today.)
It is indeed and I situation.
Then, while reading your post, I remember how often I have counted the blessings following my condition.
That I was allowed to stay home all the time when Serina grew up, was allowed to spend much time with my dad the four years he was paralyzed after a brain hemorrhage,
That we could have my mother here for a while and help out with intensive training after she had had a brain stroke, and lots and lots of other things which could not be done without me and later also Gunnar being retired from work.
Gunnar just said the other day, he think maybe we are here for that reason.
You know how the devil never stops tempting, i could have done this and that with my education and interests.
And then comes irritation and failure.
I just have to stop and turn the other wa around.
Till this day God has been graceful nad stood bue me, also when I didn't see him clearly.
Thank you, once again for spiritual inspiration.

Diana said...

This was a great post! I have that book, too.

Sonja said...

Debbie:

That was a GREAT posting today!

I feel that YOU are mentoring... the neat thing is, 'iron sharpens iron'...

You had it all here today, the depth of a solid message, and a cartoon or 2 for the people with my kind of brains!

Loved it sis...

Sonja

Wylie @ Shout A Joyful Noise! said...

Awesome post friend! Also had to tell you I just found you on Twitter! I'm new to it! @boldhope
Wylie

Linda said...

Hi Debbie,
Great post and I have enjoyed being here.I am joining in too and saying Amen to all of His plans for our lives.
Blessings.

Shonni said...

This is great. Cool picture of the modern day David and Goliath.
I am always so encouraged by your sweet heart. Thank you so much. Do you think a sling shot will work on m laundry today? LOL

Denise said...

Yes, I trust Him sis.

Karen said...

I have my sling in my pocket...

Awesome post, Debbie!

L-Jay said...

I needed this! Sometimes I try to avoid 'Goliaths' but I forget that I'm supposed to face them - that way I'll save more energy.

;)

Anonymous said...

Dear Debbie,
I enjoyed talking to you. This blog was very meaningful today. Chris and Michael had a sewer leak in their home, so have to move out for at least 6 weeks. They need $8,000 to meet their immediate expenses. I know that doesn't sound like a lot of money, but to them it is huge. They need to have the faith of David and have the wisdom to make the right decisions. Jim and I also need wisdom in knowing how to help. We would appreciate your prayers.
Sue

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