To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
The king shall have joy in Your strength, O LORD;
And in Your salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
You have given him his heart’s desire,
And have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
For You meet him with the blessings of goodness;
You set a crown of pure gold upon his head.
He asked life from You, and You gave it to him--
Length of days forever and ever.
His glory is great in Your salvation;
Honor and majesty You have placed upon him.
For You have made him most blessed forever;
You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence.
For the king trusts in the LORD,
And through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved.
Your hand will find all Your enemies;
Your right hand will find those who hate You.
You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger;
The LORD shall swallow them up in His wrath,
And the fire shall devour them.
Their offspring You shall destroy from the earth,
And their descendants from among the sons of men.
For they intended evil against You;
They devised a plot which they are not able to perform.
Therefore You will make them turn their back;
You will make ready Your arrows on Your string toward their faces.
Be exalted, O LORD, in Your own strength!
We will sing and praise Your power
Read that verse over again.
It could even be a phrase.
No matter if it's one verse, one phrase, or one single word, Stop and think
about it for just a minute.
2. Why do you think you like it?
Have you been experiencing something in your life that resonated with this verse?
3. That's the Word speaking to you.
4. Pray and Thank God for this revelation and ask Him to make it clear how He wants to use it in your life
I enjoy reading the Psalms because David is so genuine and honest. He constantly reminds us that we are in a battle, and that we are not alone in combating it. Time and time again David will speak of the enemy, the fights, the battles that he was facing. We learn from David how to war in this battle: praise the Lord. In most of the Psalms were David writes of the enemy you will see him magnifying God over the situation. There will be some aspect of God's deliverance, salvation, and victory over his enemies. I really like that.
David is essential showing how important it is to focus, think, and meditate on God in every situation that we go through.
We face opposition as Christians daily.
For some of us to combat in an actual war where we are visibly able to see our opponent, isn't likely. Just in case someone is reading this who might be actually be in the military or have a spouse in the services, I encourage you to do as David and call upon the Lord to fight for you or your spouse. What great victory and protection lies in your prayers. Cover them, shower them in prayer.
On the other hand for those of us that are able to live in peaceful Earthly fronts, our battle is of a different sort: Spiritual.
Ephesians 6 reminds us that we need "spiritual armor" to face this life. That there are principalities, powers, and other spiritual forces that are coming against us daily. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,fn against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesian 6:12
So how do we combat in this fight?
Just like David did: Praise and Pray!!!
verse 13 Be exalted, O LORD, in Your own strength!
We will sing and praise Your power
Exalt the Lord in your mind. Magnify Him in your Heart. Talk to Him. Sing to Him. Bring Him into every situation, for the Battle Belongs to Him.
Singing also is a great way to refocus. The enemy can't stand worship and praise; he flees. So if you are in a situation and the warfare is think: SING SING SING.
I was encouraged once that when chaos starts to dominate in the house to put on Praise music. One of the most peaceful places I've ever been was in my grandparents home. I remember they continually played instrumental praise and Maranatha music over the intercom system in their house. I believe that was the calming effect that brought such peace. Especially because not one spiritual opponent could reside in that house with all that praise.
Remember God has all power, perfect knowledge, and complete understanding of what you are facing today. Praise Him. Praise Him. Pray and Praise.
In Christ lies your victory.