Divine Authority: Conquering Amidst Adversaries

Psalms 110:2
The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.

We have an enemy to defeat. That is, in fact, our assignment! No surprise, then, when we find ourselves surrounded by enemies of the faith. However, just because we are surrounded does not mean we need to surrender. After all, how else are we to defeat the enemies of God unless we, with Gospel commission, barge into Hell’s territory to live out the promise of our Savior which teaches us that the gates of Hell shall not prevail against His church (Matthew 16:18)?

In our text, after God informs King David that He will supply him with strength out of Zion (you might say Heaven’s Headquarters for all practical purposes), He then instructs him to RULE in the MIDST of his enemies. In other words, the presence of enemies does not alter, hinder, or change his assignment to rule as God’s anointed one. In fact, it is worth noting that of all the places God could have planted David, He chose providentially and intentionally to plant him in the midst of the enemies of God.

All too often, as modern-day Christians, we complain about the obstacles that enemies of the faith cause for our Christian journey, forgetting that we, too, have the assignment to “rule” in spite of the obstacles standing in our way. We know that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood (people) so much as principalities and powers (evil spirits)(Eph. 6:12). People may be instruments in his hand, but make no mistake that our true enemy is satan and his army of devils sent to try to hinder us.

On that note, Jesus spoiled principalities and powers and made a show of them openly, triumphing over them IN it (see Col. 2:15). He is our example. We’re IN it to WIN it, not to lose! So Rule! It’s your assignment. He gives you the strength to overcome the darkness!

~ Pastor Gary Caudill
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