Food for the Battle

by Paul Tautges | April 20, 2013 9:13 am

Rightly understood, the Christian life is a battle. We war not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of darkness in heavenly places (Eph 6:12). We fight the fight of faith. Consequently, there are many times we find our faith being stretched to the max and can get battle-weary. Therefore, it is very essential that we continually mine the Word of God for “soul food.” That’s what I have been doing the past two days in Psalms 55-62. In these Psalms we find incredibly honest admissions of weakness, heart-stopping fear, and godly complaining to God.

Repeatedly; however, what jumped out to me this time in these Psalms are the numerous statements of faith the poet David recited to himself (to renew his mind), as well as back to God in prayer. Though these songs were written by David in the context of actual, physical war, they are in the form of poetry and, therefore, can so easily be applied to the reality of our own spiritual war.

To strengthen your heart and soul, and feed your sometimes-weary faith, follow David’s example. Pray these Psalms back to God. Here are some of the confident affirmations of God’s strength that fed my soul the past few days, which I wrote down in my journal. Recite these to yourself over and over again. Pray through them for yourself, and for fellow believers who are also under spiritual attack, or for those whose faith is being tested.

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