Those Who Love Him Will Prosper

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Gratitude

Deborah called on her own soul to be in earnest. He that will set the hearts of other men on fire with the love of Christ, must himself burn with love, The Canaanite kings came looking for the spoil of battle, as they charged up the Valley of Jezreel with their 900 chariots of iron (vv. 17-19). Normally the foot soldiers of Deborah and Barak would have been defeated by the heavy armor of horses and chariots but in a moment everything changed as a rainstorm flooded the valley and chariots bogged down in the mud. In the confusion the Canaanites had to abandon their chariots and run for their life (vv. 20-21). Because of Gods’ intervention Israel won a great victory that day (vv. 22-23).

Gratitude is vividly expressed in this song to Jael, wife of Heber the Henite for her brave deed in killing the enemy general Sisera (vv.24-27). At the same time a picture is drawn of Sisera’s mother standing at the window looking for her son to return  in his chariot with the spoils of triumph, but she waits in vain. Two women rejoiced in victory (Deborah and Jael) but one woman (the queen mother) wept in sorrow (vv.  28-30). The writer stresses that it was the Lord’s intervention that gave them the victory (v. 31). He makes it plain that those who oppose Him must perish, but those who love Him and cooperate with Him will prosper.

Application

Have I shown gratitude to the Lord recently for some battles He has given me victory in? It is easy for me to get to thinking I am strong and can fight my own battles when really I am no match for the enemy. I am weak and He is strong and I need to look to Him for my victories.

Judges 5:17-31 (English Standard Version)


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