Words from the Heart for Sunday May 21st, 2017
I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies.
Psalm 44:6-7 (NIV)
You Give Us Victory
When we understand that the source of victory is not our own ability, we can expect the ongoing victory of the Lord over all our enemies. But once we have tasted victory, it’s easy to think it all depends on us. However, when we face the next challenge, it’s far better to remember that the Lord is our source. It’s a good thing to remind ourselves that when we depend on the Lord we are in capable hands.
2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and early last month there were a number of events that marked the anniversary. The battle took place April 9-12, 1917 and Canada managed to capture the ridge when other, larger powers had failed — and was celebrated internationally for it. France alone had more than 100,000 causalities trying to take it back since the beginning of the war. In the aftermath, Vimy meant something. In the words of a recent article in National Post, “It was a coming-out party of sorts for a nation chafing under the British Empire, which still controlled its foreign policy and had obliged Canada to join the war. The newspapers, politicians and leaders of the day infused the victory with a deeper meaning: Canadians did this when others could not — and in doing it, created a sense of Canada as distinct rather than an appendage to Britain.”
When someone says “trust me,” we don’t unless we know that person and have history that proves they are actually trustworthy. We have been let down too often, or worse, been taken advantage of. We hear of phone and email scams all the time and likely know someone who has fallen for the latest. So whom can we trust? There is ancient wisdom that points us to the one source of truth and the One person who is trustworthy. Psalm 44:6-7 says “I put no trust in my bow, my sword does not bring me victory; but you give us victory over our enemies.” David was a man of war. He had built a formidable army that often won the battles they fought. If anyone had the right to trust in the strength of his troops and weapons, David did. But he didn’t. He had lost enough battles and had made enough mistakes that he knew he couldn’t trust in his bow or sword. It wasn’t his army that gave themselves the victory. God was the source of their victory, and He is for us as well. As we fight the daily battle of life, we need to trust the Lord Jesus to fight them for us. It is a walk of faith. Whatever you are facing today, don’t trust your own ability. Trust the Lord to assure you of victory.
These have been words from the heart.