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I have prepared songs for the coming days. If there is a hymn that speaks to you, I would welcome suggestions.
Last Wednesday when I published the last song devotion, we had just come back from vacation and the two weeks away was quite refreshing. But as usual, the peace and calm did not last. On the way home, we received the news that the brother of one of our long-time members had died at age 61 from an aneurism. Then the news on the Covid-19 front raised its ugly head again as the increasing cases of the delta variant are causing the experts to consider masking rules again, at least in public. We knew it before we left but last Friday, Nancy had an outpatient biopsy to check out some spots that were found on her routine scans to see if they are cancer again. And life got quickly busy at work as we are trying to hire a new preschool aide, deal with the air conditioning in the church needing some sort of fix, and the compassion requests for PAMA keep coming as the end of the eviction notice ban was last week as well though since then-President Biden has extended it again. It is tempting to panic and get overstressed and maybe even want to give up. In Bible study the Thursday before we left, we looked at Scripture passages to depend on in these situations and how they have been and continue to be helpful. Then as I looked for a song for this devotion I came upon Phil Wickham’s song, “Battle Belongs.” As I listened to the song, I saw and heard 4 direct references to some of my go-to Scripture passages in times like these. Late in the song Phil sings, “Almighty Fortress, you go before us.” It reminded me of the words of Psalm 46:2-7, which starts in verse 1: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” and ends in verse 7 “The Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress.” What powerful words in the midst of all the issues I mentioned. In the middle of the song Phil sings “For Jesus, there’s nothing impossible for you.” Then the words of another one of my favorite passages popped into my head. In Matthew 19 the disciples were in our predicament and when they heard Jesus’ words they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” Jesus replied with these words, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Again, I think it is easy to see how this applies to our situations. Right before that, Phil sings: “If you are for me, who can be against me?” Wow, Romans 8:31, another of those passages popped up. Paul had been talking about all the issues Christians have and he writes: “What then can we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Remember that when you think of these issues. Then last but not least, Phil sings “When I see the cross, you see the empty tomb.” There is nothing more powerful than Christ’s resurrection in any situation. As Jesus himself says in John 11:25-26: “I am the resurrection and the life, The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.” Do you believe this? I pray that in the midst of all these issues you can say with Martha in verse 27: “Yes, Lord.” Notice I said I pray. I do that along with Wickham in the song as he sings: “So when I fight, I’ll fight on my knees with my hands lifted high.” That is certainly an encouragement to pra,y similar to my encouragement to do the same. So, listen to the song and check out the Scriptures as you fight the issues facing you in life, whatever they might be. And know that “If God is for you, who can be against you?”Battle Belongs - Phil Wickham | WLC | Lyrics