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God of Battle

“Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle” (Psalm 144:1, ESV).

This jubilant psalm of David brings a tone of triumph from the very beginning, as the king rejoices and thanks God for giving him strength. Together with the familiar language of God as a “rock” (v.1), a “fortress”, “stronghold”, and “shield” (v.2), the references in verse 1 to God as supplying the warrior’s skill complete the picture of confidence in the Lord. David knew the ways of war, but he gave glory for victory to God.

In all of our struggles, let us seek strength in the Lord. None of the challenges we face is insurmountable, if we trust in God and follow Him. The burdens of daily life, the dangers of the world, the hostility of an increasingly anti-Christian culture—none of these is beyond the power of our God. When we walk closely with Him, we can stand firm and face life courageously.

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