Arise!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Key Bible Verse: Arise, O Lord! Stand against them, and bring them to their knees! Rescue me from the wicked with your sword! (Psalm 17:13)

Dig Deeper: 

When King Jehoshaphat was outnumbered and surrounded by the enemy, there was no hope. Yet God reminded Jehoshaphat that the battle belonged to him. The king was told, “Trust me in this position of impossibility and watch my deliverance.” He trusted in weakness and God gave him a mighty victory.

In the Psalms, when David was in dire circumstances, he cried out to God, “Arise!” In this one-word faith declaration, David was essentially saying to God, “Fight this battle for me. It’s too great for me to handle. I have no strength to do so. The battle belongs to you.” Over and over again, God delivered David, mostly amidst times of great weakness.

God loves the simple prayer, “Help me! I have no strength. Arise, Lord! The battle belongs to you. In my weakness, you are made strong.”

When Jesus fights the battle and delivers us, he alone receives all the glory because the victory is totally his. We then are released, in humility and in his strength, to minister to others with “thorns” like ours (2 Corinthians 1:4). Who can better give them God’s strength than those to whom God’s strength was given in a similar circumstance? In our weakness, he is made strong!

– David Chadwick in From Superficial to Significant


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