We are the Champions-My Friend

(Today's post by Tim David)

Psalms 46, 47, 48

When you look at athletes across the board, they each have their individual, signature celebratory expression. Then you hear a lot of athletes when asked afterwards about their accomplishment give thanks to God for their ability. I’m not here to judge how genuine these platitudes are, but I will acknowledge that they are right on – God did give them the ability so He should be thanked. Now, how often do YOU, the normal, everyday Christian, thank God for your ability? Seriously, everyday (if you’re still breathing and reading this post) we face challenges, that when overcome, should be followed by a “victory dance.” Now, I’m not advocating an actual dance…you might get a special jacket if you just randomly start dancing in the middle of your office or in front of a client…but I think you know what I mean.

Pretty much most theologians agree these three chapters in Psalms were written after an incredible victory over the Assyrians. Let’s put this into context – imagine you’re Israel, this small country, and you’re attacked by the most ruthless, heartless, godless group of warriors the world has ever known. This was the nation that would drag prisoners of war back to Nineveh (their capital) just to impale them on the walls of the city. This nation attacks, and God hands you the victory without you having to do anything. Don’t you think you would write a song about it? There are times when our heart soars to heights we never knew possible. There is an expression of praise and gratitude that flows from our hearts and lips – there is nothing that the enemy can do to stop it. This is exactly what the author of this song is feeling. Words could barely express his gratitude to God – much less express a nation’s gratitude. More recently we’ve sung this anthem through the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”

My takeaway is this – let’s celebrate when there’s something to celebrate. This life is full of misery, heartache, and tough times…let’s take the opportunity to celebrate God. This should be easy…to let loose and just praise God. Look, Christian – you have an enemy who wants to take you alive and display your broken spiritual body as a representation of what he can do. Your God, came down from heaven and has already defeated the enemy for you. You have something to celebrate just as this songwriter did. Let loose – do the end-zone dance – cast your gaze to heaven and thank Him for the victory He’s given you. You have already won, so start acting like it. Sing praises to God…as He does exceedingly, abundantly above all that you could ask or think.

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