Psalms – Prayers of Honesty
Before the big test, do we pray? Do we pray in preparation for the test? The morning of the completion of a huge project, do we pray? Before doing anything of value and significance, do we pray first for God to be with us and lead us? As a soldier in military, do they pray before the battle? David did.
This next psalm is David’s prayer of confidence to God, about God, before going into battle against the enemies of Israel. How battle ready are we?
A David Psalm
1-4 God answer you on the day you crash,
The name God-of-Jacob put you out of harm’s reach,
Send reinforcements from Holy Hill,
Dispatch from Zion fresh supplies,
Exclaim over your offerings,
Celebrate your sacrifices,
Give you what your heart desires,
Accomplish your plans.
5 When you win, we plan to raise the roof
and lead the parade with our banners.
May all your wishes come true!
6 That clinches it—help’s coming,
an answer’s on the way,
everything’s going to work out.
7-8 See those people polishing their chariots,
and those others grooming their horses?
But we’re making garlands for God our God.
The chariots will rust,
those horses pull up lame—
and we’ll be on our feet, standing tall.
9 Make the king a winner, God;
the day we call, give us your answer.
SOMETHING TO CHEW…
The covenant God made with David (2 Sam. 7:11) assured him of victory over his enemies. In this regard, David is a picture of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Commander of the Lord’s armies (Josh. 5:14-15), who one day will ride in victory against the armies of this world (Ps. 45:3-7; Rev. 17:14; 19:11-21).
Just as physicians fight a battle against disease and death, so our Lord wages a war against sin and evil. “Lord Sabaoth His name / From age to age the same / And He must win the battle” (Martin Luther). This psalm describes three essentials for victory as God’s people fight against the forces of evil.
HEART CHECK: 3 Essentials for Victory as Believers
1. Be A Praying People
Before the army went out to battle, the Jewish law of warfare required the officers and soldiers first to dedicate themselves to the Lord. Notice that David led them in prayer, sacrifice and then celebration…before battle! David knew God was with them. He was confident of the victory over his enemies because he was confident and trusted God who led him.
How confident and trusting are we when we pray for victory each morning over our enemy, Satan? Do we pray for wisdom over his endless tactics to bring us down in our mind, heart and spirit? Do we claim victory because God is for us, not against us?
The central verse in the psalm is verse 5, a confident affirmation of victory before the battle even started. Raising the banners and waving them was a sign of victory, and “Jehovah our banner” was one of God’s special names (see Ex. 17:15-16). The theme of salvation (victory) is repeated in verses 6 and 9.
2. Be A Confident Leader
Now the king speaks and assures his people that he is confident of success because the Lord has chosen him (“anointed”) and heard his prayers. The people had prayed, “The Lord hear thee” (v. 1), and David’s reply was “He will hear” (v. 6).
“If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31). God’s people don’t boast in their human resources but in the God who alone can save them in every situation. Only this kind of faith will honor the strong name of the Lord.
What is our faith level when we pray for victory over our enemies plots to bring us down?
Do we pray, knowing Christ has already won?
3. Know A Sovereign Lord
As we pray…Believe, with all that is in us, the Christ is King, Lord of lords and has redeemed us! It will make a huge difference in us and through us because of confident praying and praising.
David plans his strategy (v. 4), but the Lord alone can determine the outcome. Believe. Trust. Go with God.
This was a prayer offered before battle. What impending battles can you pray about? Stop, drop and pray a believer’s prayer of confidence.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I believe that You want the best for us. I believe You are for us, not against us. When the answer is no to our requests, then it is because that is not good for us and will maybe hurt us. You are God and we are not. You have proven Yourself as Victor many times more than we can imagine. So, our trust is in You and not ourselves. We have decisions before us right now. Guide our every thought and action today. Because you have defeated our enemy, we live in gratitude before you as the Victor. Thank you for saving us. Thank You for Your daily defeat of the enemy who lies in wait to conquer our minds, hearts and souls. We praise and celebrate you. We lay our lives before you as a pleasing sacrifice.
In Jesus Name, Amen