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The Daily Word of Righteousness
The Warrior's Prayer
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. (II Timothy 2:3)
We have named Psalms 18 "The Warrior's Prayer."
I will love thee, O Lord, my strength (verse one).
David loved the Lord with all his heart. Whatever David's faults may have been, God was first in his thoughts. David's life demonstrated this fact.
Christ's warriors love Him with their whole heart. Christ proves their love by many strong testings until no doubt remains concerning their love for Him. Then He is willing to divide the spoil with them.
"The Lord is my strength." How readily and lightly we say that when we are young Christians. It is a good thing to line up our testimony with that of the written Word of God.
But it is not until we are allowed to come against the enemy that we begin to appreciate what it means to have the Lord as our strength.
Human beings are tough. The instinct for survival is strong in us. It takes a while before we discover our own resources are not sufficient for the battle at hand (some never do realize this). But the waves mount, we are tossed to and fro, and the billows threaten to go over our head.
Then we understand our wisdom, our strength, our determination, our religious zeal, no longer are sufficient. We call on the name of the Lord. We wait on Him. He renews our strength with His own Being, His own Presence. The Lord Himself becomes our strength.
It is one matter to be "saved." It is another matter to be filled with the Spirit and to begin to learn the ways of the Spirit. The dedicated saint presses forward until his own strength begins to fail and the Lord becomes his strength, his wisdom, his joy, his salvation.
It is not possible now or in the time to come to fight the Lord's battles in our own strength. The warrior learns how to wait on the Lord, how to trust in the Lord Himself for deliverance and victory.
In order to overcome a saint who is resting in Christ the enemy would have to overcome the power of Christ's resurrection. He would have to overcome God Himself.
To be continued.