“May He grant you according to your heart’s desire, And fulfill all your purpose. We will rejoice in your salvation, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions. Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They have bowed down and fallen; But we have risen and stand upright. Save, Lord! May the King answer us when we call.”
Psalms 20:4-9 NKJV
Sunken chariots and drowned horses
In the face of the pressures imposed by the world, it is easy to be drawn into the flesh, reaching for oft used and oft failed solutions to urgent problems that may beset us. All too often, it is only when when have exhausted every other avenue, that we humble ourselves and turn to the Lord.
More often than not, the Lord brings the victory, far more incredible than we could ever imagine, for we serve an all powerful God who goes before us.
I needed that reminder this morning, for often I awaken to melancholia, a pervasive dread at the idea of facing another day. This morning, I read a variety of passages in Exodus, where the Lord brought curses upon Egypt because Pharoah would not let His people go.
As I completed my reading I encountered Psalm twenty, and the Lord caught my attention:
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the Lord our God.”
The children of Israel were placed in an untenable position, literally between the devil and the deep blue sea, for before them was the Red Sea and pursuing was the army of Pharoah.
“And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord. Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.” And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.””
Exodus 14:10-14 NKJV
The Lord opened the sea and covered the pursuing Egyptians, swallowing every chariot and every horse.
In the coming days, weeks, months and perhaps…years, we are going to see and experience many unprecedented things that will make us aware that the we are truly already in the end times, and the coming of the Lord is near.
Just this morning, listening to the BBC, which is my sleep time habit, I heard of the new ultra right wing Israeli Security Minister banning all Palestinian flags from public view. This could prove to be one more offense that will eventually result the coming attack on Israel, better known as the war of Gog/Magog.
The seems to be strife everywhere, as the new year is coming in with a bang.
Brothers and sisters, let us remember the faithful words found in Romans eight:
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”
Romans 8:31-34 NKJV
The Lord gave Himself for us, that we be spared the penalty of sin. Just as He drowned the Egyptians who threatened His people Israel, we will stand for each and every follower of Jesus.
I tell you the truth, some of us are going to be martyred in the times to come, but we know already that the Lord is for us, and that He has the ability to carry us from this life into eternity.
The Lord Jesus has already parted the Red Sea that is death, for in Him we have salvation and death has lost its sting. Let us rejoice in that those who are born again already have the victory.
In the coming struggles, we will see much, but because of Jesus we have the victory, and the hope of glory.
“I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.”
Colossians 1:24-29 NKJV
Let us be faithful to go into all the world, sharing Jesus with all who will hear, and making disciples in the time we have left. Let us be careful where we lay our allegiances, for even now there are those who come as false Christs, and those who profess to be Christian. Let us rely on the Lord who is unchanging and faithful.
“It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord Than to put confidence in princes.”
Psalms 118:8-9 NKJV
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
Hebrews 13:8 NKJV
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Praying the following for us, my friend:
Colossians 3:15-15 (ESV) And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
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