“And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.” – Judges 16:28
1998 found us all either obsessed or totally annoyed with a young lady by the name of Brittany Spears, who dominated pop culture with a teeny bop song about a second chance in love. In her chorus, a plaid skirt adorned Brittany says, “Give me a sign, hit me baby one more time!”
Brittany’s song was a beacon for those who somehow made a mistake in love and desired to try it again. But this song was not the first or last plea given from the perspective of a mistake. Long ago in Old Testament times, Sampson sang a similar song. Only this song was not sung to a woman, but to the God of his salvation. Having given himself over and over to a covetous lifestyle, Sampson always felt that he could escape punishment because of his gift. Finally he met his match with Delilah. Having tried him three times, she was persistent with his character flaw, until he broke his covenant with God and revealed his strength. Delilah used it against him, cut his hair, and watched as he was given into slavery.
Sampson couldn’t escape his true heartbreak. It wasn’t the woman, the hair, or the reputation. It was the covenant with God. In the 28th verse, Sampson said, “None of that matters to me. I want one more time to get it right with You. Hit me one more time, and it won’t be stopped by women, armies, or worse, myself. I do this for you!”
Perhaps you have been like Sampson. Maybe you have broken promises with God because you wanted favor with man. Maybe you thought it was all over based on your mistake, or the fault of others. Like Brittany, and like Sampson before her, cry out. Abandon pride and reputation. Give it all to God and tell Him that no matter what comes, I’m not stopping this time. I say yes totally! Never dance with Delilah. She is not dancing; she is plotting on your demise.