Deuteronomy 33:26-29 reads like a battle cry to rev up the troops to take up arms. Look at the language:
- He will drive out your enemies before you
- “Destroy them!”
- Ride across the heavens to help you
- On the clouds in His majesty
- You will live in safety, grain, new wine, heavens dew
- He is your shield
- Your glorious sword
- Your enemies will cower before you
- You will tread on their heights
All of this language convicted me of how much I hide from battles in my faith walk. How often I don’t say something because it might come across the wrong way. My fear and doubt of possibly offending someone that prompts me to not speak when I should.
I’m not talking about taking up arms to slay the enemy and I’m not talking about going out and picking fights. But when you read this language of God, I think there is a message that we aren’t supposed to “just go along with the crowd so we don’t make waves” either.
It just made me think about the times I don’t speak up, the times I don’t speak Jesus’ name, the times I sit quietly in the midst of what I know to be sin, the times I fail to witness or to comfort or to just speak the truth. Paul said, “I am not ashamed of the gospel.” Am I so afraid of battles that I come across as ashamed of my faith and my Savior.
One of the central themes of the book of Acts, when the new Church was being formed, is the call to speak boldly. (see below). Paul’s letter to the Ephesians calls us to be strong in the Lord and put on the full armor of God.
Are you like me? Do you need to speak up? Do you need to reach out? Do you need to face the fight with the truth of the gospel instead of hiding it under a basket?
The greatest news of all in this, and throughout the bible, is that when we choose to stand for God, He always stands in front of us. God never takes the position of having our back. He always takes the front. He may require us to take the first step into the water, but then He lifts us up to walk across it or parts it as we move forward.
Here are some of the bold references from Acts – Take Strength Mighty Prayer Warriors!:
Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.
After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly: “We had to speak the word of God to you first. Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.
So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders.
He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God.
He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!
Because they were the Lord’s possession, His portion. He was their king. He is holy. There is no one like God.
There is no one like the God of Jeshurun. He rides across the heavens to help you. On the clouds in His Majesty. The eternal God is your refuge. Underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you. “A people saved by the Lord.” He is your shield and your helper. He is your glorious sword.