TEXT: PSALM 18:29-50.
🔑KEY VERSE “I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed” (PSALM 18:37)
When the Lord steps into any situation, nothing remains the same again. If things were rosy for the child of God before His appearance, they will become rosier. If you are passing through tough times and the Lord comes into the picture, the negative circumstances give way. The edifice of evil put up by the devil to make you grieve is pulled down and joy takes over. As a child of God, if you are fleeing from the powers of darkness who want you to fall and die in sin, the sudden intervention of the Lord can turn the tables.
That was David’s experience in the reading for meditation. After painting a dreary picture of how the enemy almost subdued him with superior physical power, he spoke of the Lord revealing Himself on his behalf when he cried to Him.
Inviting the Lord into one’s circumstances changes the narrative.
David who was the prey became the hunter, according to his testimony. “I have pursued mine enemies, and overtaken them: neither did I turn again till they were consumed” (verse 37). The Lord effected a complete reversal of roles, with the hunted transforming into the hunter. The Lord did that because “he shows mercy to his anointed… and to his seed forevermore.”
Every sincere believer who has been forgiven his or her sins and has received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour is the Lord’s anointed who can also enjoy the mercy David got to make him conquer the roaring enemy that was out to destroy him. What unquantifiable privileges and blessings sinners and backsliders are missing as a result of their alienation from Jesus Christ! The Lord is no respecter of persons. If the lost should come to him now in penitence and complete submission, they will be forgiven and given power to defeat their enemies.
✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY You are anointed for triumph over Satan if you have Jesus.
BIBLE IN A YEAR: NUMBERS 14-15.
How to turn challenges around to your favour
- Receive power to triumph first
There are things the pursued psalmist received from God that turned him to a pursuer of adversaries.
a. Read vv32,33,34,35,36 to see those things you also need.
b. Which of them do you have and which is lacking?
c Ask for supernatural salvation (v35), spiritual strength (v32), saintly sinlessness (v32), Spirit-taught strategy (v34), stability and steadfastness (v36) to confront and conquer your challenges and challengers
A powerless saint will remain in the defensive rather than on the offensive
- The reality of power to tread upon the fiend
When the power comes upon believers, definite manifestations follow.
a. Check carefully vv34b, 37,38,39b,40,42,43,44,45 and note the exploits he was able to do.
b. Which of these do you specifically want to experience?
c. Don’t be in a hurry. Take each of these exploits to God in prayer and turn it to an experience in your life
- The role of praises and testimonies in turning the table against the pursuer
a. Check the confession of the psalmist in vv46-50.
b. Cheer up and deliberately join the psalmist in making positive confessions and giving praises to God as seen in vv46-50
Lord, remove every garment of defeat, depression, despondency and discouragement from all your children in the Church and cloth all with the garment of praise, power, possibility thinking and pursuit of adversaries
HYMN Onward Christian Soldiers
Onward Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus
Going on before.
Christ, the royal Master,
Leads against the foe;
Forward into battle,
See, His banners go!
Onward, Christian soldiers!
Marching as to war,
With the cross of Jesus,
Going on before.
At the name of Jesus
Satan’s host doth flee;
On then, Christian soldiers,
On to victory!
Hell’s foundations quiver
At the shout of praise:
Brothers, lift your voices,
Loud your anthems raise!
Like a mighty army
Moves the Church of God:
Brothers, we are treading
Where the saints have trod;
We are not divided,
All one Body we—
One in faith and Spirit,
Crowns and thrones may perish,
Kingdoms rise and wane;
But the Church of Jesus
Constant will remain.
Gates of hell can never
’Gainst the Church prevail;
We have Christ’s own promise,
Which can never fail.
Onward, then, ye people!
Join our happy throng;
Blend with ours your voices
In the triumph song.
Glory, laud and honor
Unto Christ, the King;
This through countless ages
Men and angels sing.