PRAISE FOR A BATTLE WON
Lord, we long for the day we hear: “For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready” (Rev. 19:7).
Read PSALM 18:30–50
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“God will lead you straight through every barrier into the inner chamber of the knowledge of Himself” (Oswald Chambers).
David had conquered; he was on top, standing on the heights, his enemies trampled like mud (42) and his throne established, foreigners cowering before him. However, “pride goes before destruction” (Prov. 16:18), and David went his own way and brought disaster on his family and his people, facing rebellion led by his own son and murder and betrayal by his commanders. David knew he needed God’s support when he went out to battle, but maybe he didn’t seek the Lord’s strength for the everyday battles of life.
As we read the gospels, we see that Jesus warned his disciples of suffering and pain ahead. However, there were also wonderful miracles of provision and healing, and Peter, James and John had seen the Lord glorified. Maybe after the resurrection they sang this psalm of David in the synagogue and were filled with praise and worship because the Messiah had come. He had died to save the world and they were called to carry this wonderful message to Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. The journey was sometimes very hard, however, and they faced opposition from their own people. James was executed by Herod and Peter was thrown into prison. Did they doubt sometimes?
Peter wrote to the Christians scattered throughout the Roman Empire, “Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you… But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed” (1 Pet. 4:12–13). So we can join today in songs of praise on earth, however hard the times, because victory is assured and one day we will sit down at the wedding feast of the Lamb in glory.
How far does David’s passionate poetry reflect your discipleship today?
Mighty God, my heart is encouraged to know that I fight today’s battles from victory, not for victory. Hallelujah, what a Savior!