Day 32: Yahweh Gibbor Milchamah

Open up, ancient gates!
    Open up, ancient doors,
    and let the King of glory enter.
 Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord, strong and mighty;
    [Yahweh Gibbor Milchamah].
 Open up, ancient gates!
    Open up, ancient doors,
    and let the King of glory enter.
 Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord of Heaven’s Armies—
    he is the King of glory. 

Psalm 24:7-10

Yahweh Gibbor Milchamah: The Lord Mighty (or Invincible) in Battle

David, who wrote this Psalm, knew the need of a God who is mighty in battle. He knew what it was to fight someone he could not beat, and he knew what it meant to utterly rely on the strength of someone he could not see.

My battles are not like David’s; I don’t look my enemies in the face as they openly mock my God, and they aren’t wielding spears as big as I am or laughing in my face for trying to fight them. They are quietly resistant to my faith, quietly slipping between me and the Lord I serve, quietly standing in the way. Sometimes I forget their strength and my weakness, and I forget from where my strength comes from; I try to fight them myself, and I lose when I do. The Lord is mighty in those quiet battles, too, though, and He conquers swiftly and quietly, too.

May I never forget to worship Yahweh Gibbor Milchamah for winning my battles, however quiet they might have been.

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