Praise be to the LORD, my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers to do battle. Psalm 144:1
I procrastinated for years before beginning a blog.
The idea scared me. Intimidated me. Paralyzed me.
Millions of other people publish blogs—people far more creative, far better writers than I.
But when I hear a ten-year-old’s response as her grandmother reads Psalm 144:1, I gather courage.
She gives wise, out-of-the-mouth-of-babes response.
“That’s the reason we write! He trains our fingers to do battle.”
Previously, I read Psalm 144:1 from the perspective of David, warrior king, fighting to possess land, battling to establish borders of his earthly kingdom.
But I began to read David’s words as David, worshiper, musician, songster, writer, warring for spiritual territory.
David battles with his fingers as he plucks the strings of his harp, soothing Saul’s tormented spirit.
With words on parchment, he pours out his problems to God. He announces Divine intervention in issues troubling him.
He encourages his heart, and his words encourage us.
Through David, we hear God’s announcement of Good News as the Holy Spirit inspires him to prophetically proclaim Jesus Christ, the ultimate Victor.
We read David’s psalms today, because his fingers battled with words, his hands responded to God’s leading, leaving a legacy of poetry for every human emotion, for every trial and victory.
I gather courage. I begin to do battle with the blank page, waging war with the blinking cursor.
Paul reminds us how we war.
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5
How has He trained your hands for war and your fingers to do battle?
It might not be as a writer, but He’s placed an instrument of His goodness in your hands.
When Moses questioned whether he was the right person to deliver the Israelites out of slavery, God asked Moses:
What is in your hand? Exodus 4:2
The simple rod in the hand of Moses, transformed into an instrument of deliverance when placed in the hands of God.
The gift God gives into your hands becomes an act of generosity when you release it. Be generous for His glory.
With the instrument in our hands, we champion justice.
Our fingers release comfort, binding up the broken hearted.
Whether with words or actions, we proclaim freedom for the captives. We preach Good News to the poor.
We encourage the downtrodden, pointing them to hope in Jesus Christ.
And with grateful hearts, we give praise to the Lord, our Rock, who trains our fingers. Who anoints our hands, gracing us with the pleasure of partnering with Him.
What’s in your hand? I’d love to hear from you.