Psalm 3: A Certainty of Victory

by Carolyn Hope

You are standing in a valley, sword in one hand, shield in another. You’re out of breath from running; you’ve stopped because there’s nowhere left to turn. Utterly surrounded, you stare at all the enemy forces; thousands upon thousands are waiting to attack. There is no escape, for every direction and every side are filled with foes.

You hear a whisper ripple through the soldiers, Where is your God? Who can save you now? This whisper is repeated in a rising scale, until it becomes a deafening shout, a unified lie that nearly drowns out all thought.

You look at your sword, then your shield. You look up to the sky. A defiant glimmer shines in your eyes. With your jaw clenched and your muscles tight, you throw your sword and shield to the ground. Ignoring the shouts, the cheers, the taunts, and the jeers of your enemies, you spread your empty arms wide and yell into the air, GOD IS MY SHIELD! HE IS MY SWORD! THE LORD IS MY DEFENDER!

A hush comes over the crowd of attackers. You turn and view them all, and you begin to laugh. I am not afraid of you, you declare, for My King will defeat you! You are nothing against Him! He will have the victory!

Then you watch, as the light rises in the sky and your adversaries fall to the ground. He listened; He answered; He came. And the victory was won.

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Pictures From The Psalms

by Carolyn Hope

One of the most beloved books of the Bible is the book of Psalms. Composed by several different authors, Psalms is a collection of songs to the Lord. Often, these descriptive, honest works give us a peek into the emotions of those who follow after the Lord. They can bring much comfort and solace to hurting hearts, and also offer an appropriate outlet for our joy. No matter what you’re going through in life, there is something in Psalms that can speak to you.

This week, instead of bringing my thoughts on a particular chapter or verse, I’d like to provide you with mental pictures – short stories – to help you imagine what the author could have been feeling or walking through. The Hebraic Psalms in their original form were written with emotion, beautiful poetry, and captivating imagery. These characteristics are, unfortunately, hard to maintain when translated into the English language.

My hope is that this week, I can help you stop and ponder, and picture, what the Psalmists were saying. I’d like to, if I can, take you back to a place of beauty and powerful, emotional, truth. There are indeed truths in the principles we find in the Psalms, and those are not to be forgotten. For now however, I’d like to highlight the storytelling nature of this prose, which should be remembered.

As you read each of these snippets, I encourage you to also read through the respective Psalm. See for yourself what the author wrote, and let its words permeate your heart. Even in dim, dark, painful times, you have a God, a King, and a Father who will give you victory.

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Victory

by Carolyn Hope

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

This passage of Scripture comes from John’s discourse on the differing spirits: those which are from God and those which are from the world. Although there are many spiritual forces against us, we have nothing to fear; the Spirit within us, the Spirit of God Himself, is far greater than anything in the world.

Many children are naturally afraid of the dark. Some cannot sleep without some kind of light on or someone being with them. There is something about darkness that stirs up the imagination to unusual and terrifying thoughts. Shadows can make even the most innocent of objects seem suspicious. When the presence of another person enters, however, peace settles. A young child can rest sweetly just knowing that there’s someone with him.

In this world is much darkness, but you have no reason to fear. As a child of the most high King, you are empowered with a light that obliterates darkness. Your God, Emmanuel, is always with you, and as such, you are never alone. You have already overcome that which rises against you because there is an unmatched greatness within you – the greatness of Holy Spirit. Walk in confidence, dear one. Victory is yours!

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Confidence For Victory

by Carolyn Hope

The LORD is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. (Psalm 27:1-3)

When you think of confidence in the Bible, one of the clearest examples is the life of David. He was an unhesitating and unfaltering warrior for the Lord. He led with decision and exuded confidence wherever he went.

The reason David could be so confident was that his source of confidence was not himself, but God. He wasn’t perfect but God is, and he knew that God would not fail him. The verses above show this, as do many other of David’s Psalms. Psalm 27 in particular emphasizes that God is so much greater than all the opposition that comes against us.

You have a God who is always victorious. When you fail, He doesn’t. You can always trust in Him to conquer your enemies and protect you. Regardless of what you’re walking through, you have no need to fear. God is on your side; and if He is for you, who can stand against you (Romans 8:31)? Remain confident today. Your king is trustworthy and unfailing.

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