Psalm 44:6-8, in today's reading says, "For I will not trust in my bow, Nor will my sword save me. But You have saved us from our adversaries, And You have put to shame those who hate us. In God we have boasted all day long, And we will give thanks to Your name forever." We see throughout the Old Testament how God raised up Israel, and showed throughout history how He was the one who defended them and helped them conquer and live in the land He gave them. While He had them fight in many circumstances, in other places He chose to fight for them with the Israelites doing practically nothing. The Psalmist was quick to give God the praise and thanksgiving for battles whether or not He used their fighting skills in the process.

This passage reminds us that there is a higher power than any armies, companies, or leaders that can control events beyond human means. God raises up leaders and nations, and he removes leaders and nations. God has worked in many ways in our country to accomplish His will. Whether in our personal lives, our churches and businesses, or our nation, we should take steps to follow the Lord's guidance, and use the gifts and abilities He has given us. However, we must remember that God is sovereign, and He can work through what we do, or work independently, to accomplish His purposes. Along with the Psalmist, we should acknowledge His help and praise Him as a result.

by Ken Zook, Deacon

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