1 Samuel 17:45,48 – “Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.”
One of my goals this year is to increase the distance that I run. Interestingly, I have discovered that how I breathe makes a big difference in my results. I recently came across an article that argued the point of whether runners should breathe through their nose or breathe through their mouth when running. The general consensus among runners, experts and scientists was, “mouth breathing is by far the best way to breathe while running”.
As I thought about this principle, David came to mind. How he ran toward a nine foot, heavily armed, giant with a huge shield and sword. It seemed like a complete mismatch. David, essentially a teenager, against a seasoned, humungous, trained warrior, Goliath of Gath. The results tell it all. David defeated that giant. How?
He did something that I believe we all need to do…”Always run toward the giant with your mouth open!” Our mouths are like huge, public address systems. What comes out of it creates the environment that we live in. Genesis tells us that we were created by God as “speaking spirits”.
David ran toward the giant, but he didn’t just run, he ran with his mouth open. What giant are you facing? Run toward that giant with your mouth wide open, speaking the promises of God, your covenant rights, the decree of the Lord. Train yourself to run toward every enemy with the word of God on your lips. Psalm 81:10 says to “…open your mouth wide and I will fill it”.
Do you want to increase your spiritual distance, your endurance, your efficiency and your results? Run with your mouth wide open, filled with the word!