Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Saul is gone and after many battles, David is on the throne.

He begins, "O God, thou hast cast us off."  "Instead of being our General in the battle, Thou
hast left us to ourselves; and then there was only the arm of flesh against the arm of flesh."
(Adam Clarke)

This is not a good place to be, so David rallies his people reminding them the battle is the Lord's
rather than the arm of flesh against the arm of flesh.  I know if it was up to my arm of saggy flesh, it would not be a pretty picture, (even if I did win all the boys in arm wrestling in fourth grade, it's been downhill ever since.)



 "Thou hast given us a banner to those who fear Thee,
That it may be displayed because of the truth.
That Thy beloved may be delivered,
Save with Thy right hand, and answer us!
(verses 4-5)
"After many psalms which David penned in a day of distress this was calculated for a day of triumph...David, in prosperity, was as devout as David in adversity."  "A thankful notice of the encouragement God had given them to hope that, though things had been long bad, they would now begin to mend, 'For Thou hast given a banner to those that fear Thee.'" (verse 4) 
"God has spoken in His holiness."
(verse 6)

"Thus may an active believer triumph in the promises,
for they are all yea and amen in Christ...and then pardon is mine,
peace is mine, grace mine, Christ mine, heaven mine, God himself mine."
"All things belong to you, and you belong to Christ;
and Christ belongs to God." 
(I Corinthians 3:22-23)

"O give us help against the adversary,
For deliverance by man is in vain.
Through God we shall do valiantly,
And it is He who will tread down our adversaries."
(verses 11-12)

"His love is the banner over them; in His name and strength they wage war with the powers of darkness, and under him the church becomes terrible as an army with banners."
(all quotes, except Scripture, are from Matthew Henry.)

I don't know about you, but it sure seems we are at war.  Yes, our government is in consternation about Syria, same place that David had just had victory.  But it is more than the war against terror, a perfect name for it by the way.  We are in a war against the powers of darkness as our Christian liberties are under assault by our own government.  There is a dark cloud threatening with the politics of an upcoming election. (Are we to be led by a corrupt criminal or a vile man or by one who represents another form of government than our founders began?)  Only prayer can sway through our Commander in Chief, God Himself.  Oh, let him speak in His holiness once again.  So let us clings to the promise,
"Through God we shall do valiantly."

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