He prepares me for battle; he strengthens me to draw a bow of bronze.
—2 Samuel 22:35
What a picture of the conquering power of God we see as David rehearsed the exploits of his mighty men (2 Samuel 23)! One of them killed eight hundred men (v. 8), and others killed hundreds singlehandedly. Three of them broke through an entire army to bring David a drink of water (v. 16). One killed a lion in a pit and snatched a spear from a giant (vv. 20-21).
Oh, the mighty exploits of those who are filled with the holy power of God! After he was baptized in the Holy Spirit, Peter’s boldness in the face of hostile Jerusalem was just as awesome as the courage of David’s mighty men.
Away with weak, cowardly Christianity! Let us yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit and prepare for triumphant battle with the enemy. We are the mighty men and women of the Holy Spirit under the New Covenant.
Our power is not intended for destruction, but for reconciliation. Our victory will not be a military victory, but a harvest of souls. “Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church—about three thousand in all” (Acts 2:41).
Under the Holy Spirit’s influence, someone will lead thousands to the Lord. Why shouldn’t it be you?