Whenever I hear the word victory, I immediately start singing in my head the old hymn “Victory In Jesus.” This might sound odd considering I’m only 30, but I grew up in a few different churches, and one of them was very traditional. I love when old hymns start going through my mind…
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.
Some of the lyrics are a bit different than what we say and sing today, but the message is still the same. Victory is found in and through Christ alone. He sought us and bought us with His redeeming blood. Therefore all our love is due him.
I’ve always thought the story of David and Goliath was unbelievable. David’s courage has always blown me away. It wasn’t until I was older that I understood how David had the courage to face Goliath. He didn’t have courage because of who he was or what he had done. He had courage because of who God was and what God had done. He believed that God would give him victory over Goliath, and lived out of that truth.
I believe Jesus wants us to be like David. He wants to give us victory over the Goliath-sized things we come up against. We just need to believe that Christ can give us victory over those things and live out of that truth.
Meditate on these songs over the next few days as we prepare to gather together as the church: