The Lord of the Rings

Throughout the story there are a number of incredible battles

Psalm 46:1-11

Reference: “He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.” ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭46:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Explore: I’ve just finished watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s an epic tale told over three very long movies so it took me a little while to get through them all.

Throughout the story there are a number of incredible battles. The enemy has an army of thousands so the good guys have to gather allegiances from old allies to make up numbers.

Some kings honour these partnerships whereas others need a little more convincing. And, like all good battle stories, some armies turn up right at the last minute when all hope seems lost.

Application: While I don’t want to downplay the hardship of war, Psalm 46 talks about God turning up during times of battle. While the writer was very possibly talking about a literal battle, I feel there are often challenges in my life when I need God to turn up.

To be honest, sometimes I struggle to sense God’s power initially. Sometimes God is like the army that turns up right at the end.

Our faith though gives us the confidence that we can declare Psalm 46 in our own life and follow a God who brings our battles to an end.

Prayer: Lord, I pray You will turn up to help me fight my battles. May I take Your lead and follow Your wisdom in all the challenges that come my way. Amen.

What battle are you involved in at the moment?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.