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Worship and Warfare, Part I

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise His name with the dance; let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp. For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; to beautify the humble with salvation. Psalm 149:2-4

    Israel became a great nation as they toiled in the mud pits of Egypt under forced labor they grew and multiplied while all the while crying out for a deliverer. Who would ever have believed that God had a former Prince of Egypt being prepared in the desert wastes to deliver such a people, who for over 400 years cried out in hard bondage to the Most High for deliverance.

    Moses was forged in the fires of trial as he was exiled from the great cities of Egypt to become a common shepherd among the humble people of Midian. In order for one to become a leader of God's people he must be broken, humbled and molded into a servant before he can ever begin to lead others on their journey with God. Likened to the making of a sword, the metal must be heated to white hot in the furnace of affliction, then baptized in the waters of of trial in order to be tempered, hammered into submission and then polished into a shining weapon, fit for the hand of God!

    From the midst of a burning bush, the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob gave command to Moses to deliver His people from the hands of the Egyptians by mighty signs, wonders and miracles. The children of Israel were about to meet their deliverer and be freed from their bondage by the mighty hand of God and would soon learn to worship in the midst of warfare!

    Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations, and punishment on the peoples; to bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment, this honor have all His saints. Praise the Lord! Psalm 149:5-9

Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin