Thursday, July 09, 2015


Blessed be the LORD my Rock,
Who trains my hands for war,
And my fingers for battle….  (Psalm 144:1)

Satan is a powerful foe.  In our own strength, we are no match for him.  The good news is—he is no match for God!  “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37).  It is time we stopped seeing ourselves as losers, and see ourselves as we are in Christ.  David uses the language of winning warfare in Psalm 144.

We are more than conquerors because of the greatness of God (v.1-2).  Literally, David was a man of war.  Always the enemy had greater numbers and weaponry, but God gave David victory.  The LORD trained him in the art of combat.  He learned to rely on God from his first battle with the giant Goliath.  It was not the greatness of David, but the greatness of God that made David more than a conqueror.  He gives God all the glory!  In this daily strife we find ourselves in we are reminded in Scripture that we do not wrestle with flesh and blood, but demonic forces.  Our fight is spiritual; our foe is spiritual.  It is a real conflict, nonetheless.  David testifies that God is an unwavering place to stand and unassailable protection for shelter.  Everything in this world is shaking, but God has given us an unshakeable kingdom.  We are more than conquerors!

This is also true because of the grace of God (v.3-4).  David was humbled that God had chosen him, of all people, to attain this great victory.  He had been a shepherd boy—younger and smaller of stature than his brothers who were already in the army.  Imagine, God selecting a shepherd to make him a sovereign!  David knew he did not deserve it—that is grace!  Why would God want us?  It would be grace if God chose us just to be His slaves, but he calls us to be His soldiers.  He makes us super-conquerors!  The word “mindful” is an interesting term in the Hebrew, coming from a root word meaning to weave, to plot, to invent.  It is God taking the most unlikely material—dirty sinners and molding us into dynamic saints! 

We are more than conquerors because of the government of God (v.5-10).  David acknowledges the government of God.  There are human kings, but there is the Heavenly King of kings, working out His will and His will cannot be thwarted.  As David finds himself in submission to the Divine government, he will be blessed, while those who oppose it will find destruction.  It is a fearful thing to defy God.  David expects deliverance and anticipates singing a victory song—He was quite a musician, you know (v.9-10).  Those of us who have bowed to the government of God and submit to Jesus as Lord will one day sing a new song in heaven! 

We are more than conquerors because of the goodness of God (v.11-15).  David saw that God would be good to him and to any that acknowledge the LORD as God.  Our families, fields, and flocks will be blessed.  Happiness is found in holiness.  God holds out the promise of reward to those who surrender to His will.  Yet, the opposite will be true of a nation that rebels against God.  Sadly, that is what Israel did—and what America is doing.  It does not have to be so. 

There is victory is in Jesus.  You can be on the winning side!

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