Day 1: Psalm 6
Day 2: Psalm 7
Day 3: Psalm 8
Day 4: Psalm 9
Day 5: Psalm 10
Questions for Reflection and Prayer
Pray through each of the elements of this psalm that...
- You can personally relate to most.
- Stir God-breathed desire in you
- Offer you a perspective that you don’t normally have
- Re-center your perspectives around God and His purposes
“Life is war and prayer is how we fight the battle.”
These are words I’ve had to remind myself of a few times this week.
Last week as Pastor Sunder launched us into our September teaching series, he pleaded with us to drop our “peacetime” mentality and realize that there is a war going on. Sometimes we see it. Sometimes we don’t. While sometimes there are physical and tangible examples of this war, there is certainly always a spiritual battle going on behind the scenes.
Admittedly, I too sometimes fall into the trap of believing we’re in a peacetime. Perhaps a major crisis or event has just come to an end in my personal life, family life, work life...and then just for a moment I try to breathe thinking the war is over...or at the very least I am in a time of retreat...but then it’s never long until something new and challenging begins.
It is in these very types of experiences that require the perspective that “life is war.” It’s important to note that this concept of life is war is not meant to lead us into hopelessness or helplessness. Rather, its purpose is to drive us to action in our prayer with a heightened awareness of the spiritual realities around us that are often invisible AND to give us hope that God is fighting for us and through us.
If you haven’t yet had a chance to hear Pastor Sunder’s first two sermons in the series go ahead and click this link right here and right now: www.UpperRoom.ca/media You can stop reading this and go watch and listen. I’ll wait here until you get back.
Pretty insightful stuff in those sermons, huh?
As you continue reading through the Psalms you will certainly begin to see this wartime imagery being described. This is especially true in this week’s readings of chapters 6-10.
Now, what’s interesting in these chapters is that the writer is referring to actual physical battles, actual enemies who wanted to kill him, actual people who he wanted to see judged and removed from his kingdom and even existence all together. Throughout his life and leadership King David (the writer of these psalms) was the human leader of Israel’s armies and many of his writings describe his calls for help and power and victory over his enemies.
Why would the most powerful and influential king need to call on anyone for help? Couldn’t he just snap his fingers and command his armies in what to do? Sure, he could, and he often did do this. But what we’re seeing in his writings is that he knows that the war he is in is more than simply flesh and blood battles to defend his kingdom and defeat his enemies. He knows that there is a larger spiritual battle going on that he himself could never win and succeed in himself.
This is a big deal coming from a king who had the reputation of being an ultimate soldier and fighter. Afterall, he killed a bear, a lion, and a giant all while before he turned 20. And yet that’s the beauty of all this – even a seasoned and champion warrior knew that he couldn’t do any of this alone or with the largest army he could assemble.
David knew that it is only through prayer and reliance on the Living God and by asking God himself to fight and protect that he and his nation would ever be able to survive.
We don’t fight with our fists. We fight from our knees with our hands raised to God.
We don’t fight from our own source of power. We call on the All Powerful to move.
We don’t fight in the war by ourselves. God is with us and for us and He’s fighting the battle that we can and cannot see.
“Life is war and prayer is how we fight in the battle.”