Riding The Promise

Because of God’s “preventing” promise, that I talked about yesterday, we are able to claim victory and dominion even before the battle begins. David sang, “O LORD, the king rejoices in your strength. How great is his joy in the victories you give! You have granted him the desire of his heart and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah (Pause and think about that!” (Psalm 21:1-2).

You may be thinking, “How could David rejoice? He faced the most intense attack he’d ever known. How could he have joy when he might have been wounded or killed?” Well all these stories in the Bible are there to encourage you. Because David answers: “You welcomed him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head.” (21:3).

What David is saying here is life-changing: “I face a powerful enemy who is bent on destroying me. But my soul is at peace. Why? The Lord has foreseen (“prevented”) my struggle. And he has showered me with assurances of his love. My enemy may cause me to stumble or fall, and at some point it might seem I’m finished. But God has told me that if I will just get up, I will receive his strength and win the battle.”

David then made this statement of faith just before going to war: “You placed a crown of pure gold on (my) head” (21:3). The crown of gold is a symbol of victory and dominion. David was saying, “I’m going to war riding on God’s promise to me. He said I would walk out of the battle wearing the crown of victory.”

If nothing else, this should sum up the doctrine of God’s “preventing goodness”: He has anticipated all our struggles—all our battles with sin, flesh and the devil. All our battles with the economy and personal relationships—and in his mercy and goodness, he has paid our debt before it even comes due. Our victory is a done deal.

God’s preventing goodness applies especially to those who love Jesus and are surprised by sin. The Lord assures us that even if we are cast down temporarily, we will emerge from the battle standing upright, all because Jesus has paid our debt.

Look at the situations in your life right now—is your son rebelling? Is your job in jeopardy? Is your business stumbling? Whatever your situation, our Lord was aware of it before you began to call to him for help. Be at peace because you will emerge victorious. He will provide the insight and wisdom you need. He will provide the finances you are asking for—he has been arranging for that before you even realized you had the need. As I promised you earlier, we are able to claim victory and dominion even before the battle begins!

Father, you are the victor, you are Almighty God, the Great I am, Immovable rock, omnipotent, powerful, awesome Lord, Victorious Warrior, Commanding King of Kings and Mighty Conqueror! I stand this morning in awe of you. You are my Savior, my Redeemer, my Brother and my Lord. I do have the victory in hand! Your plans will not fail. I stand strong and mighty against any enemy that may come against me, for you are my Shield and my Protector. Bring the Victory Lord! I await the abundance of joy and celebrate the victory now!

(As a tribute to my friends who are alum of UofM, their fight song, “The Victors,” is rather unique in the sense that the lyrics are unusual for a fight song. The typical fight song exhorts its team to play well and win, whereas The Victors is sung in celebration of a win after the fact).

Now for my apologies . . . I am going to do a slight rewrite of the song, and make it your song of victory:

Hail! to the victor valiant
Hail! to the conqu’ring hero
Hail! Hail! to Yeshua.
The Victor and Best!

Hail! to the victor valiant
Hail! to the conqu’ring hero
Hail! Hail! to Yeshua,
The Redeemer of the world!

Now for a cheer He is here, triumphant!
Here He comes with banners flying,
In stalwart step He’s nighing,
With shouts of vict’ry crying,
We hurrah, hurrah, we greet Him now, Hail!

Far we His praises sing
For the glory and fame He’s bro’t us
Loud let the bells them ring
For here He comes with banners flying
Far we His praises tell
For the glory and fame He’s bro’t us
Loud let the bells them ring
For here He comes with banners flying
Here He comes, Hurrah!

We cheer Him again
We cheer and cheer again
For Yeshua, we cheer for Yshua
We cheer with might and main
We cheer, cheer, cheer
With might and main we cheer!

Doulos Studies

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