A Bold Prayer for Victory
By Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell (Guest Blogger)
Scripture Reading: Psalm 108-110
Key Scripture Verse: Psalm 108: 13 “With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.” (NIV, Life Application Bible)
Per my Bible’s commentary, Psalm 108 is a compiled psalm of two other psalms and is taken from Psalms 57 and 60. David wrote this psalm as a song and a prayer in which he starts off with singing and making music in praise of God. He then mentions his enemies later in the psalm and asks not only for help, but for victory.
David was God’s faithful servant and a warrior. Remember how he trusted God to defeat Goliath when nobody else would fight him? Remember how many times he needed God to help him when Saul was after him and trying to kill him? Many times God protected him in the face of danger and David knew God’s power. He specifically asks for God to assist him, not to give him more human aid, for he says in verse 12 that “human help is worthless.” He was surrounded by enemies from the east, the south, and the west and knew that God was his refuge, the one who could not only help him escape his enemies but defeat them.
David’s faith was so strong that he knew God and knew his power. He knew that God loved him, knew that God was faithful to those who are devoted to him. David had a strong relationship with God and knew he could depend on him when he needed him.
Do you pray boldly, openly, and expectantly in faith? Do you know how much God loves you? Do you know with certainty that no matter what happens, God is your greatest ally?
I pray for you and for me that we can have the faith of David. I want that for us all. Let’s all pray that prayer together, boldly believing that He will deliver.
By Paul Simrell
The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program.
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