DayBreaks for 3/04/16: The End of the Mighty Hero
Ps. 52:5-9 – But God will strike you down once and for all. He will pull you from your home and drag you from the land of the living. The righteous will see it and be amazed. They will laugh and say, ‘Look what happens to mighty warriors who do not trust in God. They trust their wealth instead and grow more and more bold in their wickedness.’ But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God. I trust in God’s unfailing love forever and ever. I will praise you forever, O God, for what you have done. I will wait for your mercies in the presence of your people. (NLT)
This is one of the Psalms that I’ve not been very familiar with. In fact, for the most part, I don’t remember it much at all. But I like it! Here’s what I like about it: The psalmist is confident that God will bring down the treacherous and evil ones. But it’s more than that: it’s the way that God brings them down. If it were me, I’d be laying out a plan to catch the “mighty” one that I’m after when they were on neutral ground, or at least on the ground of my choosing. One of the keys in warfare is to choose the ground on which you fight – and make sure that you have the high ground! What I like is this: God doesn’t need to wait until the “mighty hero” is out in the open and away from the ‘safety’ of his own tent. On the contrary, God will boldly enter the stronghold of evil and take the wicked from the very place he feels safe and secure, and will remove his place from among the living. God has no fear of mortals, nor of spiritual forces of evil. I find that very comforting!
If we are wise, we will observe these goings on and will learn holy fear. We’ll see how completely, easily and quickly the “mighty hero” is made to look puny and small, how that ill-gotten gain is going to be taken away, and we’ll not be envious of them, but encouraged in our faith in our great Protector and Defender.
And of course, God literally did, in the very person of Jesus, invade the tent of evil by boldly and fearlessly coming to earth. It’s more than just rhetoric from a poet – it is the most astounding fact of history.
TODAY’S PRAYER: Help us, Lord, to not be envious or fearful of the power of evil, but look to the might that is Yours and Yours alone, and in that confidence, find courage to live for You in this world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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