Not in our bows do we trust

  
Psalm 44 says, 

4 You are my King, O God; ordain salvation for Jacob! 

5 Through you we push down our foes; through your name we tread down those who rise up against us. 

6 For not in my bow do I trust, nor can my sword save me. 

7 But you have saved us from our foes and have put to shame those who hate us. – Psalm 44:4-7

The psalmist was praising God for delivering His people from their enemies in warfare, for giving them the victory.  But how were they victorious?  Did they use bows?  Did they use swords?  Certainly they did.  It’s not as if trusting the LORD meant laying down their weapons.  He delivered them through the means of their weapons, their strategy, their wherewithal, etc.  Yet, the psalmist was right that God was worthy of the praise.  

Christians are also in warfare—not against men, but against a spiritual enemy.  And as the psalmist wrote, through Christ, we push down our foes; through His name, we tread down those who rise up against us.  

And though we have our own armor and weapons to use, we don’t ultimately trust in them.  It is He who saves us from our foes and puts to shame those who hate us. 

So, let us put on the full armor of God and make war against our flesh and the enemy, but at the end of the day, let us praise our victorious King. 

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