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Wednesday | 27 July 2016
It is interesting to consider that Moses called the Lord, ‘his song’. He called Him, ‘his strength and his song’. The Lord is our song too. We could call Him, ‘our Song of pilgrimage’, as we journey to the city of Zion. Our Song of pilgrimage is victorious, and this Song is a Person; a victorious ‘Man of war’. Ask yourself this question: do we really comprehend how strong and victorious our Lord is? We could even ask this same question in a different way: do we really understand how mighty and powerful is our Song of pilgrimage? We don’t fully comprehend this, unless we are illumined by the Holy Spirit to see the Lord, and the greatness of His power.
The apostle Paul knew that this was the case for the church at Ephesus. They needed illumination. He wrote to them, telling them that he prayed for them unceasingly, that God would enlighten the eyes of their understanding so that they might know the exceeding greatness of the Lord’s power toward them.
The Lord wants us to know the exceeding greatness of His power toward us. He wants us to know His illumination. He is the Lord of hosts. He is the Lord strong and mighty in battle. He is our Lord Jesus Christ, and the apostle Paul also called Him, ‘the Lord of glory’. When the Lord of glory lights up our hearts by the Holy Spirit, we are illumined. All of a sudden, we see and we know. We have a knowledge of ‘the hidden wisdom’ from God concerning ourselves. We see ourselves. We see who we are and who God called us to be. We see the manner of our work, the way of our walk, and the lines of our sanctification.
"The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father's God, and I will extol Him."
The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?
In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar; and the message was true and one of great conflict, but he understood the message and had an understanding of the vision.
The LORD will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying, "Rule in the midst of Your enemies."
For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves.