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17/09/2023 - 18/09/2023 All day

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;  my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold” ( Psalm 18:2).

Our leading verse today has many insights for us. Any of us must be familiar with a rock, a solid mass composed of minerals, that can be used as a foundation because of its strength. Usually when visiting the seaside one sees waves tossing against a rock, wave after wave, yet being pushed back. In life one can face storms that come wave after wave, but where one has faith in the Lord God Almighty, He is indeed our rock. The waves will be tossed back.

In the olden times, especially during invasion, there used to be a stronghold in form of fortifications, where people would run to for shelter and take a last stand. These strongholds often rose as castles or towers built of stone. In life we need a stronghold where we can escape to if under attack, and the Lord Almighty God is our fortress.

In the days when armies would engage in physical combat, the shield was one of the most important weapon to have. The great Shaka, founder of the Zulu Kingdom, is said to have developed an edge over his enemies, by perfecting raw hide shields, in such a way that they could easily brush aside opponent’s spears. When spears are arraigned against us, in form of life’s challenges, we need a shield that can deflect any back, and the Lord Almighty God is our shield.

Again during war times horns where blown to rally soldiers and give them confidence as they mounted an attack. When Gideon went out to attack the Midianites he said, “Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do.  When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon” (Judges 7:17-18). Indeed, “when the three hundred trumpets sounded, the Lord caused the men throughout the camp to turn on each other with their swords” ( vv 22). This is why the Almighty God is the “horn of our salvation.”

Today, whatever may be shaking you, know that the Almighty God is you rock, fortress, a shield and the horn blowing with victorious sound against the enemies noise. You are safe.

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise with confidence, and shall not be shaken for you are my refuge, strength and helper who delivers me through all troubles, this I pray in Jesus’s name

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    “Vindicate me, my God, and plead my cause against an unfaithful nation. Rescue me from those who are deceitful and wicked” (Psalm 43:1)

    To be vindicated is to be cleared of blame or suspicion. Someone is vindicated when he is eventually proved right or justified. In his reign as King of Israel, David was not short of enemies. One was his very son Absalom who divided his people and mounted a coup that threw him off the throne. After Absalom had raised enough support, “a messenger came to David, saying, “The hearts of the men of Israel are with Absalom.” So David said to all his servants who were with him at Jerusalem, “Arise, and let us flee, or we shall not escape from Absalom..” (1 Samuel 15:13-14).

    Pushed out of power, David longed to be vindicated. His situation is no different from any person who has been mistreated, done poorly and cast out of a position for apparently no fault of his. So often one comes across innocent public servants who have been put on katebe, the local speak for being made redundant. Intrigues being part of life there is never a day that passes without someone somewhere conspiring and scheming against a blameless person. False rumors are spread and before long one is forced out of his job.

    Where do you turn when your enemies are having you for a field day? Quite obvious there are those who give in to bitterness and use the evil ways their enemies exceled in to launch a counter attack. If their enemies bribed their way to power, so they do. If they spread malice, so they embrace. If they sought out occult powers, they arm themselves with these.

    Pushed out of power, David, rather sought the Almighty God. He went “to the top of the mountain, where he worshiped God” ( 2 Samuel 15:32). He prayed that his enemy Absalom would fall pray to his evil devices through foolish counsel, causing him confusion. The Lord answered David’s prayer and his army went to battle with Absalom and defeated him, leading to his death at the hand of David’s General Joab (2 Samuel 18).

    Today, should you be grappling with a situation where you feel done wrong, do not let your enemies have the better part of you, but turn to God, who will vindicate you. “For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants” (Psalm 135:14).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray for you to vindicate me in all my affairs, where I have been falsely accused, done poorly, and that glory may go to you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!