In Him We Have Victory
Lord, may Your love so possess me that everything I do in word or deed, will be to Your glory.
Read PSALM 18:30-50
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:5).
The psalms often express passionate human emotion; in anguish and longing they cry out to God. David, called to be king, leader and warrior, wrote of the pain of defeat and his sense of abandonment (Psa. 13, for example). But this psalm is a victory song.
Both David and Paul received a powerful word from the Lord, David from Samuel (1 Sam. 16:12,13) and Paul from Ananias (Acts 9:15). They knew the joy of being chosen by God for a specific purpose, and the fears of failure. David was young and inexperienced; Paul was widely known for his persecution of the Christians. As David sang this song of victory and praise, we know that there would be further trials and defeats, some of which would be of his own making. Paul, writing to the Romans, had his plans but we know that his journey would not be as straightforward as he might have hoped.
During our journey of faith with the Lord, we, too, know that we are called to serve him, that our lives are part of his larger purposes for our world. Yet sometimes it is difficult to see why there are so many hurdles: a failed exam, rejection for a job that seemed just right; a house purchase that fell through. Some defeats have been our own fault, and, like David, we have to find restoration in repentance (See Psa. 51). Our defeats and difficulties may well have been God’s way of bringing us to maturity in Christ, by transforming our minds and growing the fruit of the Spirit. With Paul, David, the Lord’s people throughout history, and the millions who believe today, we can sing this song of triumph and praise, because in Christ the final victory has been won for all eternity.
Read vs. 30-32 again. Learn them by heart. Listen to them as you think through your plans for the future.
Lord, I know the end of the story and that You win. I thank You that in today’s struggles, I am on the side of victory.
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