Ready for Battle?

Meditation Journey Day 46                

Hi Friend,

Soon we will enter verses 19-22 which is the Valley of Victory in Psalm 139. Those verses are our spiritual war zone. To prepare for the battle ahead we need to walk carefully through the next two verses, 17-18, “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you.”  

As we unpack these two verses we begin to see the way they equip us for the coming conflict with sin and Satan. The three important points of these verses are

 1) the attitude we must have toward God’s word,

2) the assurance of the vast depth of God’s thoughts about us, 

3) God’s total commitment that even if we sleep or die in the fight, He is still with us.

In the last blog, I focused on the first point, “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!” today I want us to look at the abundance of God’s thoughts about us. The amount David gives, speaks to us of the assurance and confidence we have as we daily face our struggles.

confidence-farzana-featured-1024x489Confidence is the most important weapon in any fight. If you have the assurance of your arsenal, you will be assured of your victory. The weapons of warfare are not physical because our battle is in our hearts and minds. The weapons on which we depend are the words and thoughts of God as revealed in Psalm 139. Jesus used the word of God when He faced Satan in His spiritual battles (Matthew 4). We are to fight in the same manner using the proven weapon, the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6).

David is amazed by God’s vast and continual stream of loving, kind, and gracious thoughts about him. God wants us to know the amount is so vast we can sink our roots deep in His love to stand firm and grow strong. At the same time, Satan tries to fill us with doubts and fears that God is always angry and impatient with us. The Evil One wants us to believe somehow that God does not know our circumstances or problems and that He is fed up with our lack of faith. Some people have been told all their lives that God desires to punish them for their weaknesses. Psalm 139 paints a completely different perspective. God does hate our sin because He knows how much it hurts us. He accepts us as we are, but He loves us too much to allow us to stay in our filth of sinfulness. He sends us an abundance of kindness and goodness to lead us to repentance and trust in Him.

What David received from The LORD also belongs to us.

lion-3We must embrace that God continually bathes us in a sea of mercy and grace. The sum of God’s gracious and good thoughts are not few, they are more in number than the grains of sand! Think about it; God has more loving thoughts about each of us than all the sand in the entire world. Picture all the sand on every beach, every desert and in all the earth. Each grain of sand represents a new and different loving thought about you and me. He thinks more precious thoughts about us than we could ever imagine! We are constantly in His view, persistently in His presence and always held close in His arms. He is at all times around us and dwells within His Children. That is why in every conflict we can be assured of victory because “Greater is He (Jesus) that is within you than he (Satan) that is in the world” (1 John 4). Now connect that thought with Jesus’ teaching in John 8. Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

In every conflict we face, spiritual freedom comes through the Word by the Holy Spirit. We need to embrace the sweet thoughts of God towards us and walk confidently in His vast love for us. Peace always comes when He reigns over our mind. Isaiah said it best, “You (LORD) keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.” (Isa. 26)

Today review in your minds all that God says about you in Psalm 139:1-18

Observation: David is amazed by the vastness of God’s precious thoughts about him. All that David learned is ours too. We need to rest in the confidence that our Savior has us in mind 24/7/365.

Interpretation: God’s love never ends. His Presence with us never wavers and His purpose is in progress continually in our lives. He is always working all things together for the good for His beloved. We need to deeply embrace His continual and constant care that is higher than the heavens and deeper than any hole we think we are in!

Application Prayer: Father God, open my eyes to the grace and mercy you wrap around my life. As I think of the conflicts and struggles of my life, help me to lean into your grace and trust you more.  … in Jesus Name, Amen.

What is your take away?

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2 thoughts on “Ready for Battle?

  1. disciplewkshop Post author

    Thanks for your comments. I loved the song it is drawn from psalm 139 and is powerful in its message. Our spiritual battles are first in our minds, as Satan introduces lies to us or brings up lies we have already accepted as truth. Only God’s way is truth. He only knows what good and evil really are, therefore His throughs about us are essential to embrace and live. When we do this we will conquer the darkness in us and walk in the light of His freedom. Yes, please meditate His truth into your heart and mind. Romans 12:1-2

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  2. T F

    Hi Pastor Neil, I’ve been listening to a song shared by someone in my Lavish group and realized it was from Psalm 139! I’d actually just mentioned to them maybe 2 hrs before reading your meditation that I feel like a battle is coming. You can imagine my face when I opened your email! I hadn’t thought much before about God’s thoughts of me…found it very interesting that that was part of spiritual battle information. I’ve actually been studying spiritual warfare AND God’s love (Amazed that He’s always pursuing…going everywhere like in strip clubs, prisons, dark places many would call hell- to shout of His love for us) but I honestly hadn’t linked the two concepts until I read your meditation. (I knew to speak His word; just hadn’t realized the power of knowing His thoughts for me!) Got some meditation & memorization to do; I don’t fully get it yet but excited about the realization! Great Song: Heart won’t stop – John McMillan https://youtu.be/7USOalbEdLo

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