Daily Devotional for 27 June 2020 – Psalm 118v10-13 part 2

Psalm 118:10-13

Yesterday, we saw that the Lord is with us in trouble, even when we are surrounded.  Also, we saw all trouble comes to an end, like a fire it will burn out and the trouble will be over.

At the same time as trusting the Lord in these verses, the psalmist did something.  Three times it says, “In the name of the Lord I cut them off”  He was a king fighting a battle.  He fought and pushed against the enemy, but not in his own strength – in the name of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us that we are in a battle – a spiritual one – and that we have to stand firm against spiritual attack and that we also have a sword to fight with: the word of God (Ephesians 6:17).  We also fight by “praying in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication” (Ephesians 6:18).

The Lord can defeat the enemy and all our troubles by Himself, but he partners with us.  He doesn’t call us to be passive but to fight the spiritual battles with His strength. 

So, as we are waiting for the Lord to break us out of being surrounded by trouble, we need to use the “sword” of the word.  We need to read the word, speak the word to ourselves, hear the word preached, believe the word, use the word to resist discouragement.

We need to pray – to pray the word, to pray the promises of God, to cast our anxieties on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

We can respond like this “in the name of the Lord.”  That is, relying on His strength, calling on His name, and believing His word.  

Brothers and sisters, the battle is hard; for some of us, it feels overwhelming.  But, the Lord has not left you helpless.  He is with you and gives you the strength so you can stand on His word, and you can push forward in prayer.  

May the Lord give you strength today, in Jesus’ name.

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