Salutes our Shepherds…
“Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and the man who leads that gains the victory.” George Patton
That’s an interesting thought, especially when one considers one of the great warriors of History. Maybe you’ve heard of him. He started his life as a shepherd. Back when he was around, shepherds were nothing. They didn’t “do” important things, and they had absolutely no worth or respect from anyone.
Of course I’m talking about the boy who became a King, and who incidentally was described by many to be a man after God’s own heart.
So what does shepherding have to do with war anyway? Well most folks have heard the story of David and Goliath already, so I won’t go much into that, except to say that it was the spirit David had even as a young shepherd which gave him what he needed to be a great warrior. The biggest, meanest guy the Philistines had who had frozen the hearts of so many Israelites was no match for a boy, a sling, a couple of rocks and a spirit which knew the Lord would be with Israel. That spirit is what many of the Israelites lacked, including King Saul.
The spirit of David followed the Supreme Commander and by using the skills he’d been blessed with to be a good shepherd, was able to defeat the strongest opponent which all the Israeli army under Saul was unable to beat.
This is a different kind of Warrior Wednesday thread (thank you lawngren for the idea) but it doesn’t take away from many of our own troops and Veterans who have just as strong of a spirit, not only for their Supreme Commander, but for defending liberty and helping oppressed people around the world. Just as David began his ‘career’ as a shepherd, fighting, and killing to protect his father’s sheep- in a very similar sense, our military have been shepherds protecting flocks from evil since our Military was instituted.
De Oppresso Libre is the motto of the US Special Forces, and loosely translated it means, ‘from a caught man, a free man’.
Isaiah 61:1 proclaims The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.
Jesus declared in John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
These verses are about our Lord and Savior Jesus, but in a sense also describe the actions of so many honorable Warriors of our time. While I know though that like David, those who make up our Military are human and not all who lead have that spirit- many who follow do.
For all of our troops and Veterans who have displayed it, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
After David defeated Goliath, he was taken in by King Saul as a personal servant of sorts. He wrote many Psalms and used to be called to sing to King Saul when the king was troubled in his spirit. Even though it’s not known for sure who wrote Psalm 91, I have to include it here, as I pray this often for our troops when they’re deployed. And this song is a favorite because it is such a comfort…
God give you all a safe and blessed day.