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Monday, March 25, 2013

Banner of Christ



 Psalm 20

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
3May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.b
4May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.

5 May we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the Name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.

6Now this I know:
The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from His heavenly sanctuary
with the victorious power of His Right Hand.
7Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the Name of the Lord our God.
8They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.
9Lord, give victory to the king!
Answer us when we call!

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This Psalm is a prayer for the kings of Israel, but with relation to Christ.

We know that God accepts our spiritual sacrifices, if by His Spirit He kindles in our souls a holy fire of piety and love to God.  Our first step to victory in spiritual warfare is to trust only in the Mercy and Grace of God; all who trust in themselves will soon be cast down.

Believers triumph in God, and His revelation of Himself to them, by which they distinguish themselves from those that live without God in the world. Those who make God and His name their praise, may make God and His Name their trust.
This is the case in every conflict with our spiritual enemies, when we engage them in the Name, the Spirit, and the Power of Christ; and this will be the case at the last day, when the world, with the prince of it, the devil shall be brought down and fall; but believers, risen-from the dead, through the Resurrection of the Lord, shall stand, and sing His praises in heaven.

In Christ's salvation let us rejoice; and set up our banners in the Name of the Lord our God, assured that by the saving strength of His Right Hand we shall be conquerors over every enemy.

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