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Prayer for those at war: Psalm 18

You and I need to pray Psalm 18.  Why?  Listen to what John Eldredge (in Waking the Dead) says,

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This is a world at war. Something large and immensely dangerous is unfolding all around us, we are caught up in it, and above all we doubt we have been given a key role to play.

Eldredge restates this in terms of key eternal truths

Eternal Truth Number Two: this is a world at war

Eternal Truth Number Three: we have a crucial role to play.

We need to pray Psalm 18 because we are at war.  If you are a follower of Christ, you are at war. Maybe you don’t like the idea of war. Maybe you would prefer to live at peace with all men.  Maybe you want to be left alone.  Not an option. Eldredge writes, “The story of your life is the story of the long and brutal assault on your heart by the one who knows what you could be and fears it.”  Ah, now you get it? There are other wars going on out there but few are more important than the war being waged on our hearts.

May you allow Psalm 18 to be your Psalm for the week as it is for me.  A couple of verses stand out for me this morning.

In the first three verses, I had to pray them out loud and with increasing passion! Then, silently wait and allow the truth of these verses to sink in.

“Psa. 18:1   I love you, O LORD, my strength. Psa. 18:2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psa. 18:3 I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.”
(Psalms 18:1–3 ESV)

Verses 28 to 34 remind me of the wonderful book, Leap Over a Wall: Earthy Spirituality for Everyday Christians by Eugene Peterson.  Will need to look over that this week. Words for battle:

“Psa. 18:28 For it is you who light my lamp; the LORD my God lightens my darkness. Psa. 18:29 For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. Psa. 18:30 This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. Psa. 18:31 For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God?— Psa. 18:32 the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. Psa. 18:33 He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. Psa. 18:34 He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”
(Psalms 18:28–34 ESV)

In verse 35, I am struck by the words, “Your gentleness made me great.”

“Psa. 18:35 You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. Psa. 18:36 You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.”
(Psalms 18:35–36 ESV)

Thank you Lord.

“For you equipped me with strength for the battle; you made those who rise against me sink under me.” (Psalms 18:39 ESV)

Much more to come from Psalm 18.  How is God speaking to you from Psalm 18?

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