Today’s Reading: Psalms 18-22
Today’s Reflection: Psalms 18:39
For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me.
As much as we don’t like to admit it, too often we as Christians are not much different from non-believers. Just as most secular, worldly-minded people, we desire lives of ease and comfort, and avoid conflict, struggle and challenge.
But as soon as we accept Jesus Christ we put ourselves on the frontlines of the greatest war the universe has ever seen. Life has its share of struggles and challenges for everyone, but for those who side with Jesus the battle is more intense and we recognize how high the stakes truly are.
That is why the promise in today’s text is so important. God promises His people strength for the battle. Notice it isn’t strength in case there is a battle. The conflict is certain, so God’s provision of power is certain as well. And in God’s hands, the outcome—persevering over one’s enemies—is sure.
Throughout Psalms 18, God is also specific about what strength for the battle means for us:
– God is our shield and stronghold and saves us from our enemies (verses 2-3)
– God hears our cry for help and responds (verses 6, 16-19)
– God responds to us based on our relationship with Him, including our obedience to His laws (verses 20-24)
– God is our light and instruction (verse 28)
– God prepares us for battle (verses 29-39)
– God brings salvation and is worthy to be praised (verses 49-50)
Though we have to embrace the reality of the spiritual warfare raging around us, and we do have to be prepared for the enemy’s attacks, we don’t have to become despondent, guarded, or somber. We can still live joyful lives, recognizing that when the battle does come the strength we will need is readily available.
Psalm 18:46-48 – 46)The LORD lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation—47) the God who gave me vengeance and subdued peoples under me, 48) who delivered me from my enemies; yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me; you rescued me from the man of violence.