VICTORY – the theme God gave me for 2014! Psalm 98:1 – the verse: “O sing to the Lord a new song for He has done wonderful things, His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.”
I’m prompted to pay close attention to victories this year, big ones and small ones. I’m going to be on the lookout daily for God’s right hand and holy arm to be at work in my life. Maybe you’d like to join me? This is the way I’m going to do it: every day in my journal I’ll record the victory of the day. For example, today I walked all the way to the bathroom by myself with only my cane! That’s a big one today. My lower back pain has been making it very difficult to walk at all, but today as I cried out to the Lord, He heard my desperate plea. He stretched out His hand. He moved His holy arm and gained the victory for Him and for me.
It’s simple really. God works every day all around us, but like Israel of old we have a tendency to take His work for granted, to overlook His victorious acts on our behalf. You know I really want to be numbered among those who remember. I want to be one who sings a new song to the Lord . . . every day. In addition, by writing daily in my journal, I’ll have a record of all He’s done. When the enemy whispers his almost believable lies, when he sets out to destroy my cheer and my courage, when he accuses my God of being cruel, unfair, unloving or whatever trash talk he employs to try to get me to side with evil, I’ll have black-and-white, hard-and-fast evidence to boost my faith as I look back over daily victories gained for me by God’s right hand and holy arm.
Life is hard and the world gets ugly. We all know that. We hear discouraging reports daily, but what of God’s victories? What of the miracles of our Mighty, Mighty Deity? As children proud of our Abba Daddy it’s time to get loud. It’s time to make sure we’re paying attention, praising and thanking, talking and telling of His wonders, His victories in our lives!
As I focus on Psalm 98:1 this year, I’m beginning a study on the right hand and the holy arm of God. I want to compare the victories wrought throughout Scripture with what God is doing in my own life today and in the lives of you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, around the globe. So, feel free to reply on this blog anytime with a God at work story. Revelation reminds us that we overcome the accuser of the brethren by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. Testify Bride! Spread the word, Church. You have no idea the encouragement your story gives to me, especially during these fighting times. When you experience God’s excellent things, when you find yourself smack dab in the middle of one of His victories, large or small, don’t keep it to yourself. Let it be known so we can celebrate and adore our great, victorious God together!
“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.”