The unknown soldier is the man or woman of God who wages war in the heavenlies. The unknown soldier is the one under heavy artillery fire, surrounded by cries of fear and terror, but standing in faith. The unknown soldier is the one who doesn’t stand to fight the person before them, but kneels to put the enemy under their feet. The unknown soldier is the one who, everyday, dies to self and is alive in Christ. The unknown soldier is the one whose name will never be in lights, but is written in heaven. The unknown soldier is the one who hides, cries out, runs, fears- and worships. The unknown soldier is you.
In Honor of Veteran’s Day (Part 1) Based on a compilation of letters written to a beloved soldier under fire in the Middle East many years ago, this series centers around the life of another soldier, who lived a very long time ago, in the same location- whose battle had not yet been won, who was under heavy attack and whose life was in grave danger…
“For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time he fled from Saul and went into the cave…” (Psalm 57)
My dear Soldier,
As I was praying, your name came into my mind and I felt the Lord speak this Psalm to my heart about you – Psalm 57. As I read, I realized it traces a similar path to yours, specifically your journey through war. You are surrounded by war on every side- in the land that surrounds you, in your body, in your mind, in your family and in your heart. Saul was an unrelenting adversary toward David. He pursued David with vicious and deadly intent. (1 Samuel 24) Yet even while David was surrounded by his mighty men, with plenty of weapons and hiding inside of a stronghold, he was scared. I know you are scared. I am scared too. As we spoke, and the enemy began to rain down bullets all around you, I panicked as the phone lost connection and I cried out in fear to God.
(v. 1) “Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy! I look to you for protection. I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings until the danger passes by.”
Psalm 91 speaks of another time when David sought refuge under the shadow of the wing of the Almighty. This imagery of the ‘shadow of His wing‘ refers to protection from the worst life has to offer, the most hideous, the most terrifying, the bloodiest. David is being hunted by an enemy, as you are, but rather than drawing his weapon, he first draws closer to God and hides. The time for physical weapons will come, but I want to encourage you to use your spiritual ones first. What’s interesting here is that “shadow” in the Hebrew is a masculine word while “wing” is a feminine one. So, the image painted by the phrase, the “shadow of Your wing” shows both authority and strength, yet also the gentle tenderness of God in whom you hide. That is your real hiding place when the enemy rains down heavy fire. I am hiding there too.
(v. 2) “I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill His purpose for me.”
There are no qualifications to hide under the shadow of His wing so run there, screaming, with tears running down your face, every day
The original text of this verse (in the King James) says, “to God, who performeth all things for me” – and that word ‘performeth’ – actually means “to bring to an end, to cause to completely cease”. David cried out to the God who will bring all these troubles to an end. It also means “to complete” or “to perfect” – so, when you place yourself under the strength and protect of God and you cry out to Him in your trouble – whether it be personal troubles or the assault of a deadly enemy, the Lord will cause it to cease in a manner that completely closes the matter. There are no loose ends with the Lord!
It’s same word “perfect” that is used in Psalm 138:8 which says “The Lord will perfect that which concerns you; Thy mercy, O LORD, endures for ever…” So, when battles come, when the violent enemy pursues to take your life, whether from decisions we’ve made or from circumstances beyond our control, your God will cause that situation to be resolved and completed in your favor when you place yourself willingly under Him! Peace in the battle within is my prayer for you, and peace in the war that surrounds you on every side. Amen.
(v. 3) “He will send help from heaven to rescue me, disgracing those who hound me. My God will send forth His unfailing love and faithfulness.”
God’s “unfailing love” is shown clearest in His unending mercy. He is moved by compassion on you and on me and acts with goodness and kindness and favor toward us both, which you and I have done nothing to deserve – that will never fail. God’s “faithfulness” is shown clearest in His reliability, His unmovable firmness, and His unwavering stability and I rely heavily on this when I know you are living in a state of continual danger and troubles of every kind. I cry out to God and place myself, as you place yourself, under His authority and protection. There are no qualifications to hide under the shadow of His wing so run there, screaming, with tears running down your face, every day. I am running with you.
Fight Like a Soldier in the Bible!
- “5 Things David Did That Made All the Difference”
- “You Can’t Borrow Armor and You Can’t Borrow Faith”
- “The Battle Against Yourself”
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