January 2, 2019
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 2 January 2019
Worship of the Lord is the greatest privilege afforded to God’s people. Whether believers offer praise in heaven or on earth, it is truly a blessing to have peace with God and thereby be able to exalt his name. For the holy God to allow mortal humanity to behold his presence, and while observing the beauty of his holiness to bring praise before Him is a freedom never to be taken for granted. Psalm 149 is a call to participate in the greatest privilege given to God’s people: worship of the Lord for his amazing grace.
“A new song” is to be sung because God has accomplished great wonders for his people (v. 1). They are to “be glad,” “rejoice,” and “sing praises” to the Lord, who is their “Maker” and “King” (vv. 2-3). “Afflicted ones” (viz. humble people) can rejoice in the fact that “the Lord takes pleasure in His people.” God’s grace is undeserved, yet those who look to Him for salvation prove his love and power. God is pleased by the praises of his people and such worship also beautifies them (v. 4).
The instruction to “sing for joy on their beds” (v. 5) indicates that God’s victory for his “godly ones” granted them security so they are able to rest in their beds with peace and thankfulness. When one’s assurance resides in the Lord there is no reason for being anxious. Confidence in the Lord allows one to sing “high praises of God” while also bearing “a two-edged sword” (v. 6). The notion is reminiscent of Nehemiah’s time when God’s people were encountering opposition, so they prayed to God for help, and worked with one hand while holding a weapon in the other (Neh 4:17-18). Warfare and worship are sometimes a dual commitment.
Today, the believer’s battle is spiritual, struggling “not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places(Eph 6:12). Spiritual battles are fought with God’s strength and in accordance with the Lord’s will, even as the believer praises Him (cf. 2 Cor 10:3-5; Eph 6:10-18; Heb 4:12). God’s Word is the believer’s sword, which should be in one’s hand in addition to being on the lips; and with the inspired Scripture, God’s people “execute vengeance” against those opposed to the Lord’s will (Ps 149:8-9).
The infallibility of God’s Word bestows confidence to worshippers even in the midst of threatening enemies. Both warfare and worship are “an honor for all His godly ones.” Fighting spiritual battles and praising God is a wonderful privilege of the believer. Spiritual warfare is contending for the truth, opposing false teachings, and resisting lies of the enemy. Praise is a superb weapon for overcoming. Delighting in God also involves defense, which is to honor God with one’s lips and life for the two are intrinsically linked for equipping oneself with the spiritual weaponry for a life of entire worship.
To God be the Glory!
Your Missionary to our Political Leaders,
Ron J. Bigalke, Ph.D.
Capitol Commission Georgia
Capitol Commission is prepared to encourage and enable local churches to participate in reaching our capitol communities for Christ (1 Tim 2:1-4). We only need to hear from you, if you have not already contacted us. We also seek to enlist individuals, businesses, and churches to become strategic partners with us in this ministry (2 Cor 8:3-6). Our success as a ministry is based upon God blessing all facets of the ministry, which certainly includes partners in this ministry. We earnestly desire to engage those who desire to participate in the ministry by offering their time and talents (Matt 25:20). If you have not already done so, join us and experience the joy of bringing hope, light, transformation, and truth to those who constitute our capitol communities.