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Psalm 144.1 – The Everyday Battle
Posted: 21 April 2011 in Psalms

This is a guest post from Giveacar, a not for profit company in the UK, which raises money for charity by selling second hand cars donated by the public.

Blessed be to the LORD my Rock, who trains my hands for war, my fingers for battle. He is my loving God and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me. (English Standard Version)

At first glance it seems that this passage actively encourages us to engage in battle as our Lord will be there to protect us; well, this is exactly what it means. The battles in mention are not those plastered on our television screens from war zones such as Libya and Iraq which pit religion against religion, ideology against ideology.

Rather, the battles are those that we face every day; the battle to provide for our family, to provide for the poor, to love your neighbour, to love your enemy! Life is tough, that’s a given. It’s no secret, you’ll fall down, you stumble, you get pushed, you land square on your face. But God’s advice to us is simple, every time that happens; you get back on your feet. You get up just as fast as you can, no matter how many times you need to do it, and he’ll be there to guide and protect you.

Remember this; we are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit.

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