The God who girdeth me with strength (Psalm 18:32
). Physical strength is derived from God. Much more is spiritual. It is obtained through faith. And every believer may say, "His strength is mine." Thereby:
1. I live - live unto God, "soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world" (Titus 2:12; Hebrews 2:4; Galatians 2:20).
2. I stand - stand fast in temptation, attack, danger (Romans 14:4; 2 Corinthians 1:24; Philippians 4:1).
3. I walk - walk forward, in the way of the Lord, surely, swiftly (ver. 34), perseveringly (2 Corinthians 5:7; Isaiah 40:31).
4. I labour - labour with and for God, zealously, patiently, and not in vain (Isaiah 26:12; 1 Corinthians 15:58).
5. I endure - endure "hardness," afflictions, reproaches, yea, all things, supported and "strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man" (2 Timothy 2:3; Hebrews 11:27; Psalm 138:3).
6. I fight - fight "the good fight of faith," against his enemies, courageously and effectually (ver. 35).
7. I overcome - overcome in life and death (1 Corinthians 15:57). - D.
He maketh my hands to war.
Dr. Campbell Morgan told me at Northfield of an instance of the kind. A poor man came to him after a service on Round Top, where the body of Mr. Moody lies, and said, "Do you believe that when you are tempted, and say, 'Get thee behind me, Satan,' the victory is won?" Dr. Morgan, after a moment said, "No, I do not." "Then," said his interlocutor, "you stop preaching Christ and deliverance from sin: for I have a temptation. I don't want to live with it; I don't want to be defeated; I would do the best I knew if I had the power, but I have not. If I can't say, 'Get thee behind me,' and be sure of victory, what am I to do?" Dr. Morgan said, "Do you believe that Christ said it, and won?" "Yes, I believe He is the only One who could ever say it, and win." "Then you go, and in the name of Christ say, 'Get thee behind me, Satan,' when your hour of torture comes, and see which gets the victory." "The next morning," says Dr. Morgan, "as I drove up I met this man standing in the middle of the pathway in front of me. He looked at me with radiant face, standing square on his two feet, and said, 'Man, it works!'" He had found the Christ a present Deliverer as well as an abstract Saviour.
TopicsArms, Battle, Bend, Bent, Bow, Brass, Broken, Bronze, Expert, Hands, Makes, Steel, Teaches, Teacheth, Teaching, Traineth, Trains, War
Outline1. David's psalm of thanksgiving for God's deliverance and blessings
Dictionary of Bible Themes2 Samuel 22:35
5236 bow and arrow
2 Samuel 22:2-51
8609 prayer, as praise and thanksgiving
2 Samuel 22:34-35
8437 giving, of talents
2 Samuel 22:35-43
LibraryDavid's Hymn of victory
'For Thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that, rose up against me hast Thou subdued under me. 41. Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me. 42. They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the Lord, but He answered them not. 43. Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad. 44. Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, Thou hast …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
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Frederick Temple—Essays and Reviews: The Education of the World
The First Commandment
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.' Exod 20: 3. Why is the commandment in the second person singular, Thou? Why does not God say, You shall have no other gods? Because the commandment concerns every one, and God would have each one take it as spoken to him by name. Though we are forward to take privileges to ourselves, yet we are apt to shift off duties from ourselves to others; therefore the commandment is in the second person, Thou and Thou, that every one may know that it is spoken to him, …
Thomas Watson—The Ten Commandments
In the Present Crusade against the Bible and the Faith of Christian Men...
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John William Burgon—Inspiration and Interpretation
A Discourse of Mercifulness
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Matthew 5:7 These verses, like the stairs of Solomon's temple, cause our ascent to the holy of holies. We are now mounting up a step higher. Blessed are the merciful . . '. There was never more need to preach of mercifulness than in these unmerciful times wherein we live. It is reported in the life of Chrysostom that he preached much on this subject of mercifulness, and for his much pressing Christians to mercy, he was called of many, the alms-preacher, …
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12
The Ark among the Flags
'And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2. And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 3. And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink. 4. And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him. 5. And the daughter of Pharaoh came …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Christ's Prophetic Office
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Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity
Alike from the literary and the historical point of view, the book of Samuel stands midway between the book of Judges and the book of Kings. As we have already seen, the Deuteronomic book of Judges in all probability ran into Samuel and ended in ch. xii.; while the story of David, begun in Samuel, embraces the first two chapters of the first book of Kings. The book of Samuel is not very happily named, as much of it is devoted to Saul and the greater part to David; yet it is not altogether inappropriate, …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
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