March 24 – Devotion

Date: March 24, 2017

Scripture: Psalm 76

At your rebuke, O God of Jacob,
    both rider and horse lay stunned.
 But you, you are to be feared!
    Who can stand before you
    when once your anger is roused? (Ps. 76:6-7)

As a child I played a lot with those little plastic green army men, pretending to defeat the enemy attack and save the day. Even my three little girls, who have no concept of war or battle, like to play a game with me where I am a monster and they defeat me by tackling me to the ground.

Why is it that all of us seem to have a natural understanding of battle, even if we have never fought in war? Is it because all of us are fighting daily battles whether we realize it or not? We even begin our lives fighting a battle, as a newborn baby fights for breath.

In Psalm 76, we find praise to God for defeating an enemy. The psalmist reminds us that none can stand against God’s wrath and judgment. “At your rebuke, O God of Jacob,/ both rider and horse lay stunned./ But you, you are to be feared!/ Who can stand before you/ when once your anger is roused?” (vv. 6-7).

The ultimate battle was won with Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. But I sometimes forget that God is big enough, mighty enough to defeat the daily battles I face. I am not alone as an army of one; I have a God on my side that “broke the flashing arrows,/the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war” (v. 3).

Sometimes the problem is that we have grown battle weary. We know we have a great and mighty God; we’re just worn out from fighting. We have fought the same daily battles for years, maybe decades, yet there doesn’t seem to be victory in sight. It appears as if the enemy is on a never-ending winning streak. We feel stuck in despair while the enemy continues to lash out as us.

Yet here the psalmist reminds us that God uses all things, even man’s wrath, for His will and glory (v. 10). The great hymn writer Isaac Watts wrote a hymn based on Psalm 76: “When God in his own sovereign ways/Comes down to save th’ oppressed,/The wrath of man shall work his praise,/And he’ll restrain the rest.”

What personal battles are you tired of fighting? Do you fight the battle of substance abuse and don’t know if you’ll ever be able to quit? Do you fight the battle of loneliness and wonder if anyone even knows you exist? Do you fight the battle of barely making ends meet and it seems you’ll never reach financial stability?

Our God knows you fight these battles. He hears your cry. Take refuge in knowing that the same God who defeated great armies for His people will defeat the enemies you face. Find comfort in the fact that the same God “who cuts off the spirit of princes, who is to be feared by the kings of the earth” (v. 12, ESV) has a plan for your life.

Prayer for the Journey: Lord, help me as I struggle through daily battles. Deliver me from the enemy, and may I praise you in the victory.

Prepared by: Robbie Brown

2 Responses to “March 24 – Devotion”

  1. Vicki Williams says:

    Excellent! Something I need to remember.

  2. Debbie Keen says:

    Thank you, Robbie, for today’s devotion! What a wonderful perspective!

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