So far I have talked about how we should be warriors and how we should not be warriors. We have discussed that God has called us all to be warriors at one level or another and that without him our bows are broken and we are powerless. We have talked about how we can be warriors no matter what our pedigree is or what excuses we have. We can be warriors even if we are stay at home moms (or dads).
So now what? What does a warrior of this day and age do? Do we truly pick up swords, spears, and arrows and march against the physical evils of this world? Well yes, and no. We do not need to pick up actual weapons, and some of our enemies will be physical and some will be spiritual.
The next warrior we come to in the Bible is David and his first battle. He will definitely show us how we should fight.
1 Samuel 16 – NIV
“14 Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil[a]spirit from the Lord tormented him.
15 Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. 16 Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.”
17 So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”
18 One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.”
19 Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” 20 So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.
21 David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. 22 Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.”
23 Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.”
Was that the story you expected? Or did you expect to see the verses of David slaying the giant Goliath? (Don’t worry that great story is next.) Even before David met Goliath he was known as warrior. Even before one of his greatest triumphs, he was well-known. You may not feel like you can call yourself a warrior yet. Who have you defeated? But you are a warrior, even if you are in training, you are a warrior.
In this battle David is not slaying a physical enemy with a weapon. He was called to his king because Saul had been taken over by an evil spirit, a demon. His servant suggests to call in David, the warrior. David the boy who watches the sheep. So David comes to defeat a spiritual enemy and he does it with his lyre, with music.
In these modern days there are no more Philistines or Canaanites to fight, but there are plenty of demons. It could be a bad habit of ours, an addiction, or a problem with laziness. It could be depression, anxiety, or an anger issue. It could be lack of self-esteem, self-worth, or confidence.
Along with those, I truly believe that Satan and demons still attack us much like they attacked Saul. There are times when I physically hurt for no reason, I stress for no reason, I have anxiety for no reason, and I fall into a depression for no reason. Well, I guess not for no reason. The reason this happens is because I am powerful. We are all, we are warriors after all.
Read any book, any story. Watch any movie, any TV show. What happens to the main characters? Do they lead wonderful, happy, and painless lives? No! They are targeted. They go through pain and suffering. We are the hero’s and heroines of this world. anointed by God and given the armor of faith. We are powerful, and therefore the enemy will target us and fire upon us. This is war. Spiritual war. This war will not be won by weapons. It is won by prayer, faith, hope, and sometimes music.
Oddly enough, this part of David’s story only gets one line the popular children’s song.
“Only a boy named David
Only a little sling
Only a boy named David
But he could pray and sing. . . “