THEME: IDOL WORSHIP
1 Samuel 5:1-4 NIV
“After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. Then they carried the ark into Dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon. When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! They took Dagon and put him back in his place. But the following morning when they rose, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! His head and hands had been broken off and were lying on the threshold; only his body remained.”
–The Philistines stole the ark of God and brought it to Dagon their god. They recognized Dagon as their god who was said to be the father of Baal. They crafted his head, arms and torso like that of a man, and the lower body as a fish. Dagon could not stand before the Lord. He did not only fall and break, but was dismembered. What the Philippines though to have been god, was humiliated to their catastrophe in his own sanctuary and they could not step into that threshold. Who can stand against the Lord our God? God struck them with tumors and they gave glory to God (1 Samuel 6:5). Likewise, when Goliath the Philistine giant exulted himself and humiliated the Israelites, God won victory for them. Goliath appeared to be like a god to the Philistines, and when he called for a conquest against the Israelite armies, they were dismayed and terrified. David took account of God’s salvation, rescuing him from the paw of the lion and bear, and was confident that He will rescue him from the hand of the Philistine. Upon hearing these words, king Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you” (1 Samuel 17:37). David was not afraid of Goliath, but he put His trust in the Lord. Psalm 20:7 says that, “some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God”. It is catastrophic to put one’s trust in idols made by human hands, and believe in one’s own power, size, wealth and connections, but to trust in the Lord in all things. Further, God has won victory for us, and cautions us from being afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul, but reminds us to only be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell (Matthew 10:28).
Who can stand against You Lord our God. No one can, no one will. Only You are victorious, only You are able. All creation bow down before You Lord. All other gods fall before Your presence. Dagon has fallen we exult Your holy name Jesus. All other gods are idols, and cannot save. Only You are the true God and none can be likened to You. Only You deserve all worship, honor and praise. May You deliver us from all plans of the devil and grant us victory in this day, and the days to come. May You cancel and cleanse us from every evil and demonic covenant and altar planted against us. May You remove every accusation against us dear Jesus. Some trust in horses, others trust is chariots but we put our trust in You Lord our God. May Your revival be established in this nation and all the nations of the world. Grant that many may know You and believe in You. Your hand is not too short to save nor ear too dull to hear, may You hear our prayers and hearts desires. May You grant the gift of salvation to us, our family members, and friends, our Asian, Chinese and Muslim brothers and sister, and deliver us from eternal death. May You save us dear Jesus from eternal condemnation. May You strengthen us and empower us dear Jesus to do that which You have called us to do. May You train us to rely on You in all things dear Jesus. Teach us to consult You and pray to You in all circumstances. Draw us nearer to You that we may always fellowship at Your presence. May You fill us Holy Spirit with Your fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control. We have victory in Your blood Jesus, we put all our trust in You. We praise You and exult Your holy name now and forever. Amen
Further reading: Proverbs 3:5-6