DECLARATION OF WAR
David has been persecuted by enemies, and he is about to go on the offensive. The works of darkness have offended him and he is going to war now. Face it, man is damaging the world with sin, and threatening our own extinction. God gave us a time and a season to get it right. If God made us stewards, why are we so insanely self destructive?
Psalm 144 (A Psalm of David.)
Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me. LORD, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him! Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away. Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke. Psalm 144:1-5
Bless God for teaching me how to engage in warfare. Is this the God of love? David and Israel have been the targets of invading armies and violence for many millennia. Modern Israel has survived wars in the face of overwhelming enemy numbers and Russian technology. They have done so without the full support of their allies in many cases, and it may be so today as well. Many feel that American leadership is abandoning Israel. But their God is a shield and remains trustworthy today. Why should God favor Israel when they are still mortal flesh, born in sin like everyone else? David knew that we are mortal, and undeserving, as Israel is today. But he was confident to ask God to shake the earth and the powers in it. But does David expect to see the victory by the military might of Israel? Israel would soon be defeated by Babylon because of their sins. What did he expect? The scriptures he read pointed to a variable range of experience ahead.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:3-8
Life offers seasons of joy, sorrow, prosperity, sickness, war, and death. How could David expect to war against all the threats of life? Notice what David is expecting of God now. The next verses point to the real source of his hope for victory.
Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them. Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children; Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood. I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instrument of ten strings will I sing praises unto thee. It is he that giveth salvation unto kings: who delivereth David his servant from the hurtful sword. Psalm 144:6-10
David asks God to do his warfare, to deliver the miraculous deliverance from the works of evil men. David has learned to engage in spiritual warfare, keeping his life honest and letting God be the judge of men who do evil. He gives credit to God for saving him, not to his own strategic skills or the power of his army.
Rid me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children, whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood: That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace: That our garners may be full, affording all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets: That our oxen may be strong to labour; that there be no breaking in, nor going out; that there be no complaining in our streets. Happy is that people, that is in such a case: yea, happy is that people, whose God is the Lord. Psalm 144:11-15
How can children threaten David, the king of Israel? I once lived in an affluent suburb where some of the church youth were experimenting with heroin. Such was the nature of Sodom, the city of choice for Lot. God did rid Abraham of the sinners who threatened his nephew. He led me out of that kind of a city too, and life is much better in the less affluent areas of rural America. David asked God to cleanse the land, and he still brings prosperity to those who honor his word. Spiritual warfare is holy living and prayer, and overcomes much more than the weapons of carnal warfare.
I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever. Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. Psalm 145:1-5
David finds so many ways to repeat this message; instructing us to praise God. This message is to go outside the church and our secret prayer chamber though. This is a message meant for a few lost sheep, who already desire God. He knows who they are, and sends us to share his word with those few. The enemies of God will abuse and bully us, but those few lost sheep will be listening and watching from the same crowd. His sheep know their master’s voice, so the scriptures are your trumpet to call them in. Jesus is the word, and the word is his voice. You are empowered to deliver the word and his sheep.
And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness. They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works. All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee. Psalm 145:6-10
When God moves the world sees the power of his works, and they know that you praise God for those acts of deliverance. Egypt was aware of the loss of their Army in the day of Moses. They have never been able to get vengeance on Israel to this day. There are Christians in Egypt today who are actually grafted in to the family of Abraham by faith. They too are persecuted today but they will be one with their Lord and Israel. God was firm with ancient Egypt, but merciful to those who have learned to fear God.
They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom. Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.. Psalm 145:11-15
Men are accepting Jesus in the midst of Islamic persecution and they speak of the kingdom of God fearlessly. The zeal of Moslems who come to Christ declares the glory of Yeshua Yahweh and their faith in his promise of eternity. Christians have been persecuted before, and still God is the dominion, forever and his church only grows. God will lift the fallen, and the dead, and exalt those who bow to him. We all wait on God and he feeds us the bread of life in his season. http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/26/world/garissa-color/index.html
Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them. The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.. Psalm 145:16-21
God has made a food chain that services everything that lives. While some things in nature seem harsh, it was less so before the sin of man changed it. The debate about man’s role in the environment still rages, but the extinction of many species testifies to it.
As God made us stewards we will also be judged for that performance. God first slew animals to cover the sin of Adam and Eve, so he has a righteous plan even in this destruction.
Life is difficult since being changed by sin, and we should learn from this as being part of God’s righteous correction. God will save those who love him per this declaration of David. God offered himself as a sacrifice in place of animals to all who would recognize Jesus, Yeshua, as being the human form of himself. His gift alone was clean enough to be a righteous offering for sin. Like David we should accept and honor the name of our God; Yeshua, Jesus.