Many things in life happen against all odds. Last night’s surprise ending to the Super Bowl, for one. I’ve written a lot about the underdog and how the Lord often uses those least suited, in our eyes, anyway, to accomplish His goals.
One such underdog was David, who not only defeated Goliath but was also an accomplished writer. Reading the Psalms is like looking into the soul of a man who, though flawed, sought to please God in everything he did. Those of us who support the Republican primary’s underdog, Mike Huckabee, can learn a lot about achieving victory in any endeavor, whether it be winning a primary or learning a new language or conquering algebra or building a bridge or stocking shelves, when we examine David’s thoughts.
Committing it all to God leads to victory
The first thing I notice is that David is victorious because he puts his very life in God’s hands, over and over. His faith and trust in the Lord are shining beacons for us to aspire to achieve:
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you.
He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
And the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
The battle is the Lord’s.
Another thing we can learn from David the underdog is the understanding that God is sovereign. His will is absolute, and everything he does is perfect. Any victory we achieve in life is ultimately God’s victory. David acknowledged the power of God and relied on the Lord to cause him to be victorious. As we think ahead to the primaries tomorrow, remember who it is who accompanies each and every person in the voting booths. Certainly not someone we can see, but the Lord is there all the same. Twenty percent of voters are still undecided and won’t make up their minds until they are in the voting booth — and their thoughts and actions are in the Lord’s hands.
I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken.
So many enemies against one man…to them I’m just a broken-down wall or a tottering fence…
They delight in telling lies about me.
My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
God has spoken plainly, and I have heard it many times:
Power, O God, belongs to you; unfailing love, O Lord, is yours.
Surely you repay all people according to what they have done.
The voices of enemies will be silenced.
As Christians, we are already suffering. A quick glance at pro-Huckabee articles online has shown a vast array of support as well as very ugly comments from those who are lost. One person wrote in to say that Christians are a cult and went on to criticize our practice of communion. They don’t understand, so they are afraid. We are up against a great country filled with people who are lost, indifferent, apathetic, or even hostile to the gospel. But remember, it is not up to us. It is the Lord who will give us victory…has already given us victory in Christ! And one day when God again reveals his power, these enemies will learn who God is, and they will worship him.
They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their bitter words like arrows…
They encourage each other to do evil and plan how to set their traps in secret…
But God himself will shoot them with his arrows, suddenly striking them down.
Their own tongues will ruin them, and all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
Then everyone will be afraid; they will proclaim the mighty acts of God
and realize all the amazing things he does.
Governor Huckabee has a faith that seems to be like David’s. He overcame the odds and became a Republican Governor of Arkansas…he then was re-elected despite much opposition from the Democrats. He seeks the Lord; he has said that his faith defines him and drives his actions. The Lord knows this. His purposes will be accomplished no matter what the polls or Goliath News Media say.
As for me, I trust Him. I trust Him and I pray those Psalms over all the candidates and all the leaders of our nation. Can Huck the Underdog win tomorrow? With God, all things are possible.