O God we have heard it with our own ears, our ancestors have told us
of all you did in their day, in days long ago
you drove out the pagan nations by your power
and gave all the land to our ancestors
you crushed their enemies and set our ancestors free
they did not conquer the land with their swords, it was not their own strong arm that gave them victory
it was your right hand and strong arm and the blinding light from your face that helped them, for you loved them
you are my king and my God you command victories for israel
only by your power can we push back our enemies, only in your name can we trample our foes
I do not trust in my bow, I do not count on my sword to save me
you are the one who gives us victory over our enemies, you disgrace those who hate us
O God we give glory to you all day long and constantly praise your name
but now you have tossed us aside in dishonour , you no longer lead our armies to battle
you make us retreat from our enemies and allow those who hate us to plunder our land
you have butchered us like sheep and scattered us among the nations
you sold your precious people for a pittance making nothing on the sale
you let our neighbors mock us
we are an object of scorn and derision to those around us
you have made us the butt of their jokes they shake their heads at us in scorn
we can’t escape the constant humiliation, shame is written across our faces
all we hear are the taunts of our mockers, all we see are our vengeful enemies
all this has happened though we have not forgotten you
we have not violated your covenant
our hearts have not deserted you, we have not strayed from your path
yet you have crushed us in the jackal’s desert home
you have covered us with darkness and death
if we had forgotten the name of our God , or spread our hands in prayer to foreign gods, God would surely have known it for He knows the secrets of every heart
but for your sake we are killed every day, we are being slaughtered like sheep
wake up O Lord why do you sleep?
get up do not reject us forever
why do you look the other way?
why do you ignore our suffering and oppression?
we collapse in the dust lying facedown in the dirt
rise up help us
ransom us because of your unfailing love
God has always been watching over His people and His creation ever since the beginning of the world.
I praise the Lord that we live in a country that is at liberty from oppressors thanks to our God permitting us to gain victory on the battlefield- not every nation is blessed in like manner.
we are always assisted by the glory of God if we but permit Him to work in us and flow through us.
in God we always have victory if we stay in His will.
we may not always win the battle but He will always win the war and prevail over His enemies.
we must always trust in God never in physical weapons and armoury that are only brought into existence anyway by combining the raw materials wrought by His mighty ingenious hands.
those who hate us may not be disgraced in this life but beyond this world they will experience the full extent of His wrath unless they beg for His mercy and forgiveness.
one of the sons of korah may have been experiencing a time of failure or a moment of crisis in their life.
we should never think that God has forgotten or abandoned us cos He never will.
even when God permits others to mock us He is tugging at their heartstrings urging them to be kind instead of acting with cruelty.
some may have written us off as having no potential for redemption within us but God never does until our last breath.
I have never completely forgotten about God but to my shame I have violated my covenant with Him to live a life that is holy and blameless in His sight which I made on the day I became a Christian.
I wish I had never strayed from the path of righteousness.
I praise the Lord for bringing me back on the right track.
God never crushes us He only permits us to be crushed- but He never totally annihilates us destroying both body and soul – He always allows for us to pursue His agenda for our lives while our hearts beat and our lungs function.
I know I have made idols out of women.
Lord help me to have relationships with women without making an idol out of them.
help me stay committed to just one woman and also to stay faithful to you and not stray from your will in my thought life and actions.
it is a sad state of affairs that Christians around the world right now are being killed for the sake of the gospel.
it is possible that we can stop this from happening by speaking up about it to our government representatives.
the best thing we can possibly do is to pray and seek Gods face and love our enemies with the love of Christ.
we have to love with the love of Christ when there is no way we can possibly love in our own strength.
we lack the capacity on our own to slip inside someone elses shoes and crawl under the skin of our enemies in order to see the struggles they face are similar if not completely identical to our own.
they are just doing the work of the enemy.
they are being deceived.
they are acting like pawns without even knowing it.
this is what Jesus meant when He said on the cross father forgive them for they know not what they do.
even when people consciously sin they may not be aware that they are binding themselves to the mind of the enemy , dooming their futures and weaving themselves into the loom of the evil one until they become so much like him they no longer recognize the difference between him and themselves, they no longer baulk at the thought of doing evil, it no longer disgusts them, it has become appetising and appealing to them, to their own detriment never to their benefit.
just because God refuses to act in the way we want it isn’t proof that He is in a state of delirious dream land induced mind state.
He is constantly on the alert cos He never stops going to war against the enemy on our behalf.
even when He rested on the seventh day He remained in an active state of warfare.
when the bible says He rested it just means He stopped making the world not that He ever took a holiday from His duties of maintaining the universe ❤
without Gods influence and input this world would just completely destroy itself.
God never rejects us only the right of sins influence around and within us to lay a hold of us perverting our minds and eradicating all hope of salvation for us.
it is not true that God ignores our suffering and oppression only that He allows it to prove the mettle of our faith.
it is only by undergoing the test of fire that our faith is proven to be real genuine and authentic.
just like fire and shifting around inside the bowels of the earth makes lumps of coal into diamonds and gold in the same way God uses the painful experiences of our lives to make something beautiful out of us.
just as the butterfly needs the struggle to emerge from its cocoon or chrysalis in the same way we need to go through pain and heartbreak in order for God to bring out His best in us.
we know that God is always capable of ransoming our souls when they have been kidnapped by the enemy.
His love never fails us. ❤
sometimes we allow our minds to get so warped by the thinking patterns of the enemy that we forget who we are in Christ and who God called us to be.
instead of embracing our destiny in HIm we consciously reject it.
we judge God based on the behaviour of those who claim His name and dismiss His ability to work through us or make light of HIs love discounting HIs power and attempting in vain to give the glory for the manifestation of His miracles to coincidence or our own efforts.
we should always remember that God is capable of rescuing us from any trial or calamity.
He can bring His triumph out of our trials.
see HIm roaring over our enemies the mighty lion of zion
He is preserving His people and keeping us safe in His hand 🙂