(Today’s post by Chris Queen)
Let’s all admit it: it feels good to win, doesn’t it? The taste of victory is sweet, whether on the football field or baseball diamond, whether on the battlefield or in the conference room. I’ve never met anyone who is content with losing on a regular basis.
If you’re even remotely familiar with the Bible, you know that the ultimate victory of history belongs to God and His people. True, there are an infinite number of spiritual battles won and lost every day, but we can rest in the certainty that, at the end of this world as we know it, God will reign supreme, having defeated evil and sin once and for all.
The second half of Psalm 68 is a prophecy. David glimpses into the future to look at the day when all of Israel’s enemies are vanquished.
21 But God will smash the heads of his enemies, crushing the skulls of those who love their guilty ways. 22 The Lord says, “I will bring my enemies down from Bashan; I will bring them up from the depths of the sea. 23 You, my people, will wash your feet in their blood, and even your dogs will get their share!” 24 Your procession has come into view, O God — the procession of my God and King as he goes into the sanctuary. 25 Singers are in front, musicians are behind; with them are young women playing tambourines. 26 Praise God, all you people of Israel; praise the LORD, the source of Israel’s life. 27 Look, the little tribe of Benjamin leads the way. Then comes a great throng of rulers from Judah and all the rulers of Zebulun and Naphtali.28 Summon your might, O God. Display your power, O God, as you have in the past. 29 The kings of the earth are bringing tribute to your Temple in Jerusalem. 30 Rebuke these enemy nations — these wild animals lurking in the reeds, this herd of bulls among the weaker calves. Humble those who demand tribute from us. Scatter the nations that delight in war. 31 Let Egypt come with gifts of precious metals; let Ethiopia bow in submission to God. 32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth. Sing praises to the Lord.
I believe that these verses aren’t just literally describing the celebration that takes place once Israel’s nemeses are defeated – I think there’s something for all of the Messiah’s followers in here too. After all, we who believe in Jesus are grafted onto the vine of Israel too. God is the victor, and He deserves our praise, now and at the end of time. Never, ever forget that He is the victor, that He takes us with Him in victory, and that He deserves all the glory for the victory!
When you’re triumphant, do you praise God for giving you the victory?
When you’re discouraged, do you remember that the ultimate victory belongs to God – and do you give Him praise for it?