Psalms of Honesty and Truth
We go to battle every day. That’s life. The evil one is consistently trying to take souls from God. That’s why the greatest battle is most times from within. That’s why Paul told the Ephesian believers, “God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.” (Ephesians 6, The Message)
Paul tells us to arm ourselves and, “Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.” (Ephesians 6, The Message)
So with this memory of God’s Word, we continue reading about David’s battles that are physically exhausting as well as heart wrenching. He cries out to God with honest words in his weakness, “God! you walked off and left us…” Do we feel that way, too?
The battles we face may be physical, emotional, intellectual, and soul wrenching. Do we feel that God has “walked off” at times, too? Or can we stop for awhile, right in the middle of it all, and look up instead of looking only at the battle. When we feel we are all alone fighting the battle that is usually because we have taken on the battle all by ourselves…not asking for God’s help. God is a gentleman. He will step aside until we ask Him to come into our lives and fight the battle for us. In the meantime, we learn many lessons.
David knows God is for him, but David sometimes, like all of us, goes ahead of God. We must not forget Who is control, Who fights for us, not against us, and Who will win the victory when all is said and done. David did not run from battle (Goliath) but ran TO the battle, knowing that God would fight for him. This crying out is the humaness in us all to cry out in the heat of battle when we feel all is lost. When we lay it down, give up on our own effort, and cry out to God…that’s when He steps back into the battle and helps us finish.
“With God’s help we will do mighty things,
for he will trample down our foes.” Psalm 60, NLT
Like Paul advised…let’s arm ourselves with God’s weapons of truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation for our daily battles. Don’t fall behind His will and don’t drop out of His purposes for us. Read His Word. LIVE His Word. With God, we win the victory. Without God…I don’t even want to think about that. Yikes!
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are for us. No human can take us from You. You are our Redeemer, Director, Guide and Counselor. Lead us this day for we are looking up to You, listening to your words and the nod of your head as we go to battle today. Defeat the foe around us and sometimes in us. In Jesus Name, Amen