1Samuel 4:5-7 NKJV And when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted so loudly that the earth shook. (6) Now when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, “What does the sound of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews mean?” Then they understood that the ark of the LORD had come into the camp. (7) So the Philistines were afraid, for they said, “God has come into the camp!” And they said, “Woe to us! For such a thing has never happened before.
Glory to God! If that doesn’t cause you to want to shout, you might want to read that again.
It says, that when the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord, which represented the very presence of God, came into Israel’s camp that the people became excited. Their fear dissipated and exuberant praise replaced it. So much so that the earth literally shook because of how loud they shouted. When the enemy heard their shouts and realized that the Ark of the Covenant was with the Israelites, they were overcome by fear. The enemy fears the presence of God and if they know He is with you they will tremble in your presence too.
I’d love to be able to say that the enemy was soundly defeated here, but that isn’t the case. You see although the enemy was terrified at the idea that the Lord God was indeed in the midst of the Israelites and going before them, he was not. Israel had forgotten the majesty and holiness of the Lord God. They had been unfaithful to him and forsaken his ways. In essence, they would not allow the true presence of God around them and prevented God from blessing them as He so desired. They traded the reality of His ongoing presence with just a symbol. They treated the Ark of the Covenant, above which on the mercy seat His presence would dwell in the Tabernacle as a mere rabbit’s foot. And because His presence was not with them they were soundly defeated.
They reality is this; the enemy is terrified of the Lord. If you know He is with you, then you don’t have to fear. He is with you and will never forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
Sadly, many Christians neglect and forget about the reality of His presence and often use His name, which He has given us to use and pray in, as a “rabbit’s foot”. They say, “In the Name of Jesus…” about everything. Again, we have been given the Name of Jesus to walk in and pray in His Name. But we are not to let is just become and “magic wand” to speak over our situations. When we use His Name we are to remember His power and presence that is with us. It is not the word “Jesus” that causes the enemy to tremble it is the reality of His presence and what that Name has completed and accomplished.
Make sure you keep your relationship the Lord vital and real. Spend time with Him. Worship Him. Don’t allow that relationship to become ceremonial in nature. He is with you and you can shout in victory. When you do that doesn’t mean there won’t be a battle, but the enemy will be scared and you will surely win. God is with you and for you. Fear Not! The enemy fears His presence.
Romans 8:31 NKJV What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?