Arming Yourself

“I hold my life in my hand continually,
but I do not forget your law.” Psalm 119.109

Here, the psalmist returns to a common theme of this amazing psalm—acknowledging the dangers he faces. His enemies have come up several times (21-23; 39; 42; 50-53; 61; 69-71; 78; 84-88; 95; 98). In this verse, the poet again lays out the extent to which his enemies count him. He has to defend his life continually. He’s constantly under attack.

Still, the psalmist devotes himself to keeping the law of God. He will not forget it. The trials he faces will not deter him from his devotion to what God has revealed for his life. His enemies will not break his faithful resolve to obey God. If he must defend his life continually, he will do so according to God’s Word.

Friend, whether we see it or not, we are constantly under attack. Our enemies are not primarily flesh and blood. Instead, we face spiritual enemies at every turn (Eph. 6.12). We must arm ourselves for the battle in accordance with the word of God.

How are you arming yourself for the spiritual attacks you face as a believer in Christ? Spend some time today meditating on Ephesians 6.10-20, giving thought to how the Lord prepares you for battle and how you can stand firm.

Gracious heavenly Father, you are our King, the Lord of hosts. We praise you, for we know that there is life in you, life in your word. Help us, dear Lord, to faithfully keep your word, to arm ourselves with your truth for the battles that we face. Amen.

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