Guest Post by Jeanette Andrade
August 20 Scripture Selection: Psalm 149-150
Food for Thought: Ps. 149:5-9
In reference to verses 5 and 6, there is a lot that we saints (those who have been born again and made righteous (II Cor. 5:21)) have to “be joyful in glory” about. With true revelation of all we have and all the Lord has done for us, this should be our constant, natural, state, even when we lie down. If it is not, then we have some growing to do in our relationship with Him.
There are great benefits for us to speak and sing the high praises of our Lord. It raises us up to higher levels in our faith, it brings victory against the enemy, and it deepens our relationship with the Lord. Further, praises, coupled with the use of the “two-edged sword” of the Word of God (Heb. 4:12; Ps. 149:6) against the enemy, is a winning combination that is freely available to us all.
The Lord doesn’t provide us with such an effective weapon and not expect us to use it to stand against the enemy. Ephesians 6:12-13 tells us, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” This is an active stance in faith.
II Corinthians 10:3-6 continues with this subject: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”
With Christ in us, our battle is no longer against flesh and blood, but the Lord gives all the saints the honor (vs. 7-9) of representing Him in taking down the spiritual opposition of the “strongholds, principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness, and wicked spiritual hosts” by using His Word and the authority that He has given us (Luke 10:19; Col. 3:17). And the great thing is that the Lord would not send us into battle without the assurance of a win—which is GREAT motivation for praise.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):