SUNDAY, APRIL 19
Scripture: Psalm 18:31-42
Psalm 18:31-42 says, “For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, And makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, And sets me on my high places. He teaches my hands to make war, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have also given me the shield of Your salvation; Your right hand has held me up, Your gentleness has made me great. You enlarged my path under me, So my feet did not slip. I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them; Neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed. I have wounded them, So that they could not rise; They have fallen under my feet. For You have armed me with strength for the battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me. You have also given me the necks of my enemies, So that I destroyed those who hated me. They cried out, but there was none to save; Even to the Lord, but He did not answer them. Then I beat them as fine as the dust before the wind; I cast them out like dirt in the streets.” The Lord teaches our hands to war and makes our arms bend a bow of steel. He gives us a shield of our salvation and He makes it clear that once we go to war, we pursue our enemy; we wound them, do not turn back, subdue them under our feet and destroy those who hate us for His name sake. When they cry out, there was none to save them. God did not answer, and chose us to beat them as fine as the dust before the wind and to throw them out like dirt in the street. This is the reality of how God thinks when He goes to war. When He goes to war, He does not stop until He is totally victorious. We need to think that way, as the Spirit leads us to arise victorious in dealing with evil.