In reading and teaching the Old Testament, some things really cause me to scratch my head. In Deuteronomy we find the Lord commanding the Hebrews to destroy all the nations in the promised land.
Joshua brought them in and secured a foothold but they hadn’t yet conquered all. Which brings us to the book of Judges. The first question in Judges is: ” Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?”
The answer was Judah, (Praise). “ Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.”
If my reading of chapter 1 is correct, Judah destroyed the Canaanites in most places : ” And the Lord was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.”
Do you wonder today, why we don’t see the victory?
I believe the Lord has chosen Praise to lead us to victory, some of us refuse to employ it. We won’t allow the simple Worship of singing the Word to lift their hearts and minds above the problems of the day into the promise of tomorrow.
Praise gave the victory but not totally. Praise could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, they had chariots of iron.
What does this mean?
The chariots of iron, are those things we refuse to give up to the Lord. Those peculiar things we love more than Him. Our secret sin. The parts of our past we continue to feed.
To attain total victory we must learn to Praise….quote the Word to the Word, Moses knew to remind the Lord of His promises. Sing unto the Lord, lose yourself in Worship. Discover the Lord inhabits the Praise of His people.
Then giving up that which hinders our walk will be easier. Still a trial but total surrender will bring total victory. At least for today. Unfortunately tomorrow will have its own battles.
Lord, help us to understand and walk in Your victory.
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bill theunfetteredpreacher cote.