The Voice of Truth is one of my all time favorite Casting Crowns songs. I’m reminded of it as the pages of my bible fell open to the story of David and Goliath in 1Samuel chapter 17. Grab your bible and read it real quick, you’ll be glad you did!
The Philistines were on one side of the mountain, and the Israelites were on the other, with a valley in between them. Israel had to go into the valley and fight this battle to claim the victory and get to the next mountain. We all have mountains that we want to reach in our walk with the Lord, and we’ll have some valleys to journey through to get there.
The valley of cancer, loss of a loved one, infidelity, betrayal, relocation, depression, or a lull in ministry to name a few.
Just like Goliath was taunting them, the enemy of our souls is waiting for us in those valleys. He shouts his lies and spews his hatred, causing us to recoil in fear and discouragement. Insecurity and instability plague us there. It’s incredibly frightening to be on that battlefield, paralyzed by doubt and blinded to the joy that lies just beyond the pain.
In those moments we must listen to the voice of truth. 1Peter 5:8 tells us to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”. He’s roaring alright, so we need to be in our right mind, aware and alert to how our nemesis operates, and armed for battle.
I have a go-to prayer for the valleys and it goes like this: “Lord, help me to hear the sweetness of your still, small voice, over the relentless roars of the enemy. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ my victorious King I pray, Amen!”
- Remember the promises in the word. Grab hold of the fact that as a believer in Christ you serve the Living God (Jeremiah 10:10)! He is Mighty (Deuteronomy 7:21), Sovereign (Psalm 103:19), Redeemer (Isaiah 44:6), and Deliverer (Psalm 18:2). He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5), he is on your side (Psalm 118:6), he loves you (Psalm 91:14), and he will walk with you through any valley you face (Psalm 23).
- Remember the victories of the past. How many times has the Lord proven himself faithful? How many times did he protect and provide for you above and beyond all you could ask or think? How many prayers has he answered? Write the answers down and refer back to them often to counsel your heart with truth.
In the deep trenches of the valley set your mind on who you serve and what he has done in the past to build your faith for the future.
I think David must have been thinking on Exodus 14:14 as he was going to fight Goliath. It’s one of my favorite verses for spiritual warfare, and one we should all have memorized. “The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” This giant was staring him down, cursing him, threatening to feed his flesh to the birds and animals. No one else was brave enough to step foot on that battlefield but David. A little shepherd boy, not trained for battle like the rest of the soldiers, but loyal to the Lord and passionate for his glory.
David’s confidence to defeat this foe was not in himself or his own abilities, it was in the Jehovah Sabaoth- the Lord of hosts. His courage came from knowing the God he served. He responds to the Goliath’s harassment by saying:
“I come to thee in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands.”
David defeated the giant just as he said he would, with just a sling and a stone, because the Lord was fighting for him. We serve the Living God, nothing is too big for him, he will always get the victory. Instead of running from the battlefield or being paralyzed with fear, listen to the voice of truth. Trust in the the strength of your Savior, and give God the glory he so rightfully deserves even in the midst of your darkest days. He is able and he is worthy, draw near to him and press on!
- How do you respond to the roar of the adversary in your valleys?
- What verse can you memorize to address this particular issue?
- Write out a valley prayer of your own and recite it in times of trouble.
~Psalm 46:11~The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.