“Blessed be the Lord my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle— My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me. Lord, what is man, that You take knowledge of him? Or the son of man, that You are mindful of him? Man is like a breath; His days are like a passing shadow.”
Psalms 144:1-4 NKJV
God before me
King David was a warrior of the first order, as he valiantly went into battle and defeated the foes of Israel time and time again. Though he was thoroughly battle trained and able, he knew where his strength came from. In Psalm one hundred forty four, he was was entering battle once again.
David is a warrior who has called upon the Lord, and has great confidence in Him, having been delivered repeatedly. He did not think too much of himself, as he knew that he was but a mere man, and wondered by the glorious God would be mindful of him.
Followers of Jesus, fellow heirs with David fight battles today, not with swords of iron or steel, but with the sword of the Spirit, word of God. Our battle is a spiritual one, where we take the message of Jesus into a world full of foes, bent on stifling the presentation of the Gospel.
Like David, the Lord has prepared our hand for war, and our fingers for battle, as we use them not to wield weapons of destruction, but for paging through the word of God, the giver of life. In the pages of the sword of the Lord, there is life and not death for those whose hearts are ready to receive the message of the Gospel.
And like David, we know that the Lord is our Rock and we’re our help comes from.
“I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The Lord shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.”
Psalms 121:1-8 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, we serve a God who never sleeps, who is always near, and awaiting our most anguished cries, for He loves us. In these times, these increasingly dangerous times, let us remember the great God that David hoped in, that we hope in, and will one day rule the nations.
Living as a follower of Jesus does not have a down side, for even in death we have the eternal life. It is best in the these times, that we live, for we have been given a great commission to go and tell.
I can tell you the truth, I live life conflicted, torn between going to be with the Lord Jesus and remaining to fight the battle. I have given my life over to the Lord to do as He desires, and so far, He has elected to keep me around. I press on into battle knowing that God goes before me. But like Paul, I know that there is truly no downside.
“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you.”
Philippians 1:21-24 NKJV
So let us not fear as we go into battle, for the Lord goes before us, Jehovah Nissi, our banner proclaiming His holiness and that we are His. Be faithful in these times, for there are many who are actively seeking to disavow the word of God, the deity of Jesus, and the need for Him to die a brutal death for our sins. These are apostate.
The message must go out, and we must press on. Souls hang in the balance, and most don’t know just how close we are.
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