Here are the passages I’ve been meditating on this week. It starts with mom’s book, Glimpses of God, that I talked about the other day.
In Sunday school, we started the chapter discussing Lord Sabaoth, or Lord of Hosts. The chapter opens with a discussion of Joshua before going to Jericho.
And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant? And the captain of the LORD’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so. Joshua 5: 13-15
The Lord of Hosts goes before us in battle. That’s a great thought to begin a week with. On Sunday night, God gave me a new challenge, and I needed the strength of His Word. I read Psalm 46, and was tickled to see the Lord of Hosts there! (I checked, and mom did talk about it later in the chapter. I just haven’t read it yet.)
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
6 The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
7 The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
The Lord of Hosts is our refuge, but we cannot take refuge in the Lord of Hosts if we are trying to worry through [e.g., fight] our own battles. I do have the responsibility to do right in matters I can control, but I can trust God in matters I cannot control. This has been a restful thought for me, and I know God is using His Word to keep my eyes focused on Him and not myself or my circumstances. Praise the Lord!