Praise be to the LORD my Rock,Psalm 144:1-2 NIV
who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle.
He is my loving God and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield, in whom I take refuge,
who subdues peoples under me.
This is a psalm from David, the warrior king. And no doubt he wrote it in relationship to his ability as a fighter. Fighting battles with the surrounding nations and peoples. He understood that it was God who had equipped him to successfully fight in these battles. From the bears and lions of his youth, to the Philistine champion Goliath, to leading armies into battle, God had enabled David.
Joining the Battle
But most of us today are not engaged in that kind of conflict. Or are we? Paul, in Ephesians 6:10-17 paints a picture of the spiritual battle that all believers are a part of. While we do not directly see the enemy combatants, they are there none-the-less. And they are very actively involved in the fight, even when we are not. In the Ephesian passage Paul describes the equipment that God provides to enable us to effectively stand our ground in the fight.
And in this psalm of David, we can offer the same thanks to God, who trains our hands for this spiritual war that we are engaged in. If we are willing, he will train us to be successful in battling against this enemy.
But he will also provide us with a fortress, or stronghold, where we can rest securely. And that fortress is God himself. Even while I am battling the enemy, I can be assured that I am safe within his protecting arms. That is no guarantee that I will not suffer in this life. But it is a guarantee that he will keep me safe until the end (2 Tim. 1:12).