What Do You Do On The Eve Of Battle?

Psalm 20

May Yahweh answer you in a day of trouble; may the name of Jacob’s God protect you.  May He send you help from the sanctuary and sustain you from Zion.  May He remember all your offerings and accept your burnt offering.  May He give you what your heart desires and fulfill your whole purpose. Let us shout for joy at your victory and lift the banner in the name of our God.  May Yahweh fulfill all your requests.  Now I know that the Lord gives victory to His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven with mighty victories from His right hand.  Some take pride in chariots, and others in horses, but we take pride in the name of Yahweh our God.  They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand firm.  Lord, give victory to the king!  May He answer us on the day that we call.

 We are God’s covenant people.  The Lord’s table is what He uses to establish the new Covenant.  If you accept that Jesus Christ is the Savior of your soul, you have entered into a covenant with the God of the Universe.  You are His and He is yours.  You are protected by His boundless love and you will know this love intimately at all times if you are in relationship with Him.

He lavishly gifted us with His Spirit to guide us victoriously in this life and to purposefully make choices that are pleasing to Him and that bring Him glory.  His Spirit resides in us and we therefore are called the temple (sanctuary) of God. (1 Corinthians 3:16)  As seen in 1 Kings 9:3, the temple was the center of a believer’s experience.  Do you find the ‘temple’ where the Spirit resides in you as the heartbeat of your experiences? Or do the majority of your experiences come forth from the motivations of your flesh?  The Israelites sought God’s favor before battle by presenting sacrifices and offerings to the Lord (1 Samuel 7:9-10, 13:9-12).  They did this not only to gain His favor but out of heartfelt dedication and capitulation.  Their sacrifices and offerings were meant to be a “pleasing aroma to the Lord”.

Some think they need to obtain ‘horses and chariots’ or what we might modernly call ‘assets’ to ramp up their perceived yet temporary strength in this world.  However,  God’s Word indicates our strength comes when we are actually ‘weak’ because we then rely on His strength in us and we become strong.  Do you believe the Spirit to be stronger than horses and chariots?  Stronger than any asset you can possess?  Do you believe the Spirit to be stronger than any amount of strength you can pull together on your own? That strength flows from the temple (sanctuary) where the Spirit dwells in you.  That is ramped up power in the Spirit!

Now I know“, are three words that express a powerful confidence in GOD as the One who brings us our victories!  He is the substance that allows us to boldly proclaim where our confidence rests! Are you willing to put your assurances in anything less? Are you willing to risk it?  You have complete authority to look squarely at your situation and boldly proclaim “Even now God can restore this!”  “I know…even NOW!”

Let’s remember the Lords table.  We remember the elements (bread and drink) represent His sacrificial body. Have you ever considered what has been supplied on His banquet table is your provision?  Forgiveness… Healing… Righteousness.. .Life… Blessing… Abundance… Glory… Acceptance…The new man.  Do you partake of the provisions He provides for you?  This is your victory at His covenant table.

So what do you do when faced with a battle?  Do you expect Him to “send you help” straight “from the sanctuary” in you?  Do you frequently offer sacrifices of praise to God because of His majestic presence in your life and because He is your covenant God and not just because you are in need of His assistance?

May the LORD answer you in your distress.  And may you rest in His complete peace and sovereignty as you await His answer.  When the answer does come make certain you lift the banner of God in your victory.  God is for you and is intent on your victory.  Answers from God may not always look like what we had pictured but lets remember even if the answer is no, anticipate a greater yes.  What awaits you is typically better than anything you can think to ask for.  He is always for you good.  May the Lord bless you and keep you.  May His face shine upon you and give you peace.

In His grace,

Amanda

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