Army of God

Psalm 33:16-22 (NIV)

16 No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
18 But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.

20 We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.

Back in the days of David, usually the king with the larger number of soldiers or who have chariots and horses will be triumphant.  There were no advanced weapons back then.  You could not use drones to shoot at targets from a distance.  There were no canons or rockets to shoot from far away to keep casualties down.  Most of the battles were with arrows, spears and swords and hand-to-hand combat.

Over and over again, God reminds us that no king is saved by the size of his army or the warrior escaping by his great strength.  Another great example is in 2 Kings 6:15-17 where Elisha’s servant who saw that the city was surrounded by an army with horses and chariots.  He was terrified, but Elisha prayed so that the servant can see what Elisha already knew.  “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”   God can use a small army to fight larger ones as long as we can understand whose side are we on and who is actually doing the fighting.

We are all in a spiritual battle and at times, I do feel defeated and weak with my sinful nature.  I am trying to use my own strength in the battle and I’m losing.  God has his eyes on those who fear him and those who hope in his unfailing love.  God can deliver me from death.  I only need to trust in his name, as he is my help and my shield.  I need to be a part of God’s army and let him help me with the long spiritual war.

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