Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” 1 Samuel 17:45 ESV
Yahweh Sabaoth – The Lord of Hosts – is lord of the armies of heaven and earth. He is the one who leads us in the power of his might, and if he goes ahead of us in life then who can stand against us? David knew this all too well when he faced Goliath, the champion of the Philistines, with nothing but a rustic sling and a few pebbles. He didn’t go out as a trained soldier in the confidence of his own might and weapons. His confidence was solely in The Lord of Hosts. When the Aramean army surrounded Dothan to capture the prophet Elisha, Elisha’s servant was worried until Elisha prayed for his eyes to be opened and he saw the hills full of chariots and horses of fire all around them.
When we know the Lord of hosts, who is our strength and refuge, we will not fear anything that life throws at us. Battles may still await us, but we do not face them alone.
The Lord of hosts is a fierce warrior to all who oppose him, but so gentle and protective over his loved ones.
How lovely is your dwelling place, O Lord of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrow finds a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God. Psalm 84:1-3 ESV
Even the sparrows and swallows find rest in the presence of the Lord of Hosts, and how much more precious in his sight are you than them.
What are you fearing? About what are you fretting? Do you have a battle of relationships, of health, of finances, or some inner struggles? Take your eyes off yourself and place them firmly on Yahweh Sabaoth – the Lord of Hosts – and let him fight your battles for you, as he did for David and Elisha. The Lord did the same for Moses and the Israelites when they were trapped between the Egyptian army and the Red Sea. Moses had confidence in the Lord.
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13-14 NIV
Be still today, and let God do what you can’t do.