Prayer for the day
Sing to God, sing praises to his Name; exalt him who rides upon the heavens; YHWH is his Name, rejoice before him!
Scripture for the day
War is never a pretty thing. There are rarely innocents and always evil perpetrators in war, and it is something we have hope will be abolished under the reign of Christ in the world to come. Until then we see war all around us, in nations, in families, even in our own spirit.
Paul discusses this internal “spirit” war at length in Romans 7. He talks about the temptation that reigns in our lives. He talks about the power of the law…knowing what we ought to do, and how knowing what we ought (and ought not) to do plants the sinful idea in our minds to do just that thing (or not do it).
This internal war is not unique to Paul nor to his experience. We, all of us, suffer with the war within. We suffer knowing what the good is that God desires us to do, but instead of doing it, we war with ourselves, and give way to the sin that resides in us.
Paul knew much about this war, as did the Psalmist. The Psalmist recognized the war within when he spoke of the rescue of the almighty God. He spoke of the danger of cherishing sin in our hearts, which would affect the way we communicated with God. The Psalmist knew that the quickest way to diminish the spirit, to weaken our relationship with God and to kill our desire to serve is to cherish the sin, which, as the scriptures tell us, so easily entangles.
May you encounter the courage to fight the war within, to give in to God and to resist the nature of sin that so easily entangles. We are at war. God grant us the power to win.