1 We have heard it with our ears, O God; our ancestors have told us
what you did in their days, in days long ago.
2 With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our ancestors;
you crushed the peoples and made our ancestors flourish.
3 It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory;
it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.
After God delivered the Hebrew people from Egypt, He told them to celebrate Passover every year to remember their deliverance. He wanted them, their children and their children’s children to know the story. He had delivered them, and they knew it was not by their own strength.
When the Israelites, after 40 years in the desert, went into the Promised Land and conquered it, they were victorious because they did battle with the LORD. When they battled without the LORD, they lost.
It is so important that we tell our children and grands how the LORD has delivered us and rescued us from whatever battles we have fought. Don’t be afraid to tell your children that your life has had troubles. They need to know that God is Faithful to get them through their difficulties. If you are drowning, you don’t need to ask for help from someone else who is drowning. If you are going through financial problems, you need help from someone who has conquered that problem… not someone who’s finances are a mess. Tell your children how God has helped you.
4 You are my King and my God,
who decrees victories for Jacob.
5 Through you we push back our enemies;
through your name we trample our foes.
Our God decrees victories for us. He doesn’t lose. I heard a preacher say to “Fight the good fight! What is a good fight? One that you win!!!”
6 I put no trust in my bow,
my sword does not bring me victory;
7 but you give us victory over our enemies,
you put our adversaries to shame.
8 In God we make our boast all day long,
and we will praise your name forever.
Talk to yourself. In spite of how you may feel, stomp your foot. Tell yourself that you are not trusting your own strength and sword. You are trusting God to give your victory over your enemies.
And then praise Him. He is your strength! He is Jehovah Nissi – The Lord is my banner. In the middle of the battle you can say, “I’m with the LORD, and He’s with me!”