Tuesday, August 14

Psalm for the times

I opened my bible when I arrived at work early, as if by design. It has been hard lately to settle down in the morning to give devotional time to my soul and my God. But, God has His way of bringing attention to the need at any hour.
Psalm 20 (NIV) is supposed to be a liturgy of prayer for a King just before he goes out into battle against a threatening foe. But I see it much more basic. It is the prayer of the faithful for those in the battle's front lines, the Pastors, Elders, Chaplains, and Lay people.

"May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. May He send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. May He remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests. Now I know that the LORD saves His annointed; He answers him from His holy heaven with the saving power of His right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. O LORD, save the king! Answer us when we call!"

This should be the rally prayer of all the faithful who drop to their knees in supplication to God the Father in regards to battles raging across the world between the faithful warriors of God's army and the Satanic forces.

Do not think that I'm just waxing philosphical here, there is a battle raging for the hearts and souls of those who aren't saved. If we do nothing, we condemn them to die both a physical and spiritual death.

We should be standing shoulder to shoulder, supporting those called into the battlefield and healing the wounded that return. We should stop hiding behind our walls of churchy protection and boldly proclaim the coming of the Lord.

Why don't we?

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