Today’s Bible reading* is a collection of songs from the book of Psalms asking for God’s protection and rescue. The book of Psalms itself is a collection of songs, mostly by David.
The word Psalm means to pluck, so David wrote these songs to be accompanied by a harp or lyre. The psalms vary in their themes, but as I said, the main focus today is David’s request for God’s protection from his enemies.
David prayed these psalms in faith, knowing that the Sovereign Covenant-making, Covenant-keeping God, who is always in control and is always good would hear his cry and answer him. He was concerned for his safety. He was concerned with the attacks from his enemies. And he cried out for God’s protection.
While we are probably not being pursued by human enemies, we are always at war with spiritual forces in the heavenly places. Whenever we encounter our spiritual enemy and his minions, we must remember to keep our eyes on our Father who loves us and is ready to fight our battles for us. This doesn’t mean that we aren’t involved in the fight. But just as the people of Israel had to actively participate in taking the land that God provided, we must fight to demolish strongholds and resist temptation, taking every thought captive to obey Christ for the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Spiritual warfare isn’t just encountering storms in our lives. Spiritual warfare isn’t reaping what we’ve sown in bad decisions. Spiritual warfare is an attack by demonic forces to distract us from our Father and discourage us in our walk with God. Those forces war with our spirits through our minds, through our culture, and through our flesh to take our eyes off our Lord.
The book of Psalms was the hymnbook of the early church. While reading through the New Testament, use a reference Bible to look for the frequent quotes from and allusions to the Psalms. Just as the early church prayed the psalms, we too can benefit from using them in our prayers.
God provides protection of His people
as we seek His kingdom and His righteousness
as our top priority.
* Chapters covered in today’s reading: