Reading: Psalm 108:6-13
Save us and help us with your right hand,
that those you love may be delivered.
God has spoken from his sanctuary:
“In triumph I will parcel out Shechem
and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.
Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine;
Ephraim is my helmet, Judah is my scepter.
Moab is my washbasin,
on Edom I toss my sandal;
over Philistia I shout in triumph.”
Who will bring me to the fortified city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
Is it not you, God, you who have rejected us
and no longer go out with our armies?
Give us aid against the enemy,
for human help is worthless.
With God we will gain the victory,
and he will trample down our enemies (NIV).*
In today’s reading from Psalm 108, we get into the meat of David’s request or petition. He makes his plea before God: Save us and help us with your right hand that those you love may be delivered.
It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly when David penned this Psalm, but it likely came early in his reign as king over Judah or Israel. When David assumed the leadership of Judah, Israel was in dire straits. The nation had been weakened by division under King Saul. The Philistines won a major battle which resulted in the death of King Saul and his heir apparent, Prince Jonathan. The nation was divided, despondent and in disarray. Meanwhile, enemies on every side were seizing the moment to press their advantage.
In many respects Christendom and the church world finds itself in a similar position today—divided, despondent and in disarray. We need a David or a number of Davids to arise and rally God’s people against spiritual foes and machinations too numerous to mention. Where are the Davids? Are you one of them? Over a number of years through a series of battles the David of the Bible turned things around.
But we need to always keep this in mind. Though God calls various people to leadership roles, He is the One who brings victory, and He is the One who deserves the credit. David clearly expressed this truth in his prayer. Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless. With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.
We look to the LORD for victory and deliverance. David did, and so must we.
Response: Father God, I want to play my part in turning things around in your church. Today let your Kingdom come and your will be done through the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.
Your Turn: Are you a present-day David or Deborah? (See Judges 4&5.) What has God called you to do?
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Alan Kearns said:
I don’t know or even think I am a David, but I do know this…I make myself available to God for Him in whatever He chooses for me to do. “Here I am, send me Lord!”
Alan, with God’s help you can do great things! Keep yourself ready for service.
God Still Speaks said:
Put me in coach!
We need a Joshua to lead us. The billions of dollars that the elite have is their present day walled city (Jericho). The church needs a leader and several “royal priests” to carry the Word of the Lord with an army of believers to march around “Jericho” until the walls “fall down flat.” Maybe I am not a Joshua but I am a member of the Army of God.
Let’s keep marching till Jericho falls! Lord, raise up your army.
Brethren, we can be like David if we live blameless lives, hide God’s word in our hearts and let the Lord fight the battles through prayer. It will be so worth it all! Remain true soldiers of Christ and one day we will receive our rewards from him!
Grace and peace to you through the knowledge of God.
Yes, Lord, help us to live for you, filled with grace and walking in humility.
Good blog David and good to encourage one another in the faith.