Scripture:

vs 1 – 4

[1] Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me.
[2] Take up shield and armor; arise and come to my aid.
[3] Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. Say to me, “I am your salvation.”

Observation:

In this psalm, David thinks of the Lord as a great warrior, brandishing shield, armor, spear, and javelin.
David, being chased by armies, has faith that the Lord can protect him and ruin his enemies.

David relies on the Lord to protect him.

Even though David knows the Lord is his salvation, he prays for the Lord to personally remind him of that truth by telling him “I am your salvation.”

Application:

As He was a great warrior for David, God is a great warrior for us as well.  He also gives us His power living in us, through the Holy Spirit.

In the midst of the attacks, have faith that, with the power of the Holy Spirit, we can brandish the full Armor of God and crush the evil one as he attacks us.

Rely on Him when the devil uses circumstances or other people to attack us. Rely on Him even when situations and circumstances seem hopeless.

Pray and ask God for reassurance – for a reminder that He is our salvation, for the peace in knowing that as we are filled with the Holy Spirit we have full power to fight back against evil, and that there is no room for the evil one in our lives.

Prayer:

Lord thank you for our salvation.  Thank you for providing us with essentials everyday of our lives.  Protect us from the enemy.   Lord as the enemy attacks through the words and actions of other people and through circumstances that seem beyond our control, remind us that you are there for us.  That you are our rock.  Help us put on Your full armor to defend ourselves and to actively destroy the enemy.  In the mighty name of Jesus we pray this.  Amen.

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