Meditation: What is the church, the people of God, Supposed to be doing? What will our lives look like? What is the work of the church? Here God gives us some answers to that question that every church asks. He lays out two areas of church life: the church at praise and the church at war. Last week we looked at praise. This week we will look at the church at war. Pray that God would call you and our body to faithfully fulfill both of these calls, that we might live and fight for the glory of God.
Tuesday – Psalm 149.6-9; Psalm 119.11; Ephesians 6.13-17
Meditation: The first aspect to the Christian fight is our preparedness. God calls on the Christian to have his praise in their throats and a sword in their hands. We know that our sword is none other than the word of God. God’s word is to be on our tongues and in our hands. Our success in our fight centers on what we do with God’s word. If we intend to fight, his word alone will serve our needs.
Wednesday – Psalm 149.6-9; Ephesians 6.12; Matthew 28.18-20; Acts 1.8;
Meditation: With this preparedness, the Christian now goes into battle. The first object of our fight is the conquest of the nations. Our fight is not for the land of the nations but for their hearts. So how do we win this fight? With the word of God, our sword. The nations are defeated as the gospel comes and conquers them. That is why we must take the word into the world, because it is the word alone that can set free the world. If we are going to win the world, we must know the word. Do you?
Thursday – Psalm 149.6-9; Ephesians 2.1-3; Colossians 2.13-15; Hebrews 4.12
Meditation: The next fight in our war is against the rulers of our world. The king of this world is none other than Satan himself. The work of the gospel is to declare that Satan has been defeated and it binds him and steals his very family. But the word also works in our own hearts. In the battle against sin, only God’s word can provide victory. Pray that you might fight the battle and that God might have victory over sin, over Satan, and over yourself.
Friday – Psalm 149.6-9; Romans 3.23-25; John 3.16-19; Colossians 2.13-15
Meditation: The last job of the church at war is to work judgment. The church calls the world to see that it has no hope. That it faces sure judgment. And in that it calls the world to see the hope that only the gospel provides. We must tell the world of the bad news so that the good news of God’s grace might shine that much brighter. There is only one hope for the world and only one hope for us: Jesus Christ. When is the last time you remembered how hopeless your life was? Thank him today for the hope only he can provide, the hope that brought you life out of judgment.
Saturday – Psalm 149.1-9