Psalm 18:34, “He teaches my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms”.
My dad was one you would call a handy man. If it was broken then my dad would fix it. As a matter of fact he had been known to create very unique ways of fixing things or building things. I recall that he always tried to build things strong and solid to keep things lasting long. However when he was a young boy he didn’t know how to use his hands in this regards, he had to learn it. One moves from not knowing to knowing through learning, and he learned to use his hands from his dad.
David wrote, He [God] teaches my hands to war…”
1. Warrior Engage in War
David was a warrior from his youth. As a young boy he said “35 there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear…” Of course David defeated the famous Goliath as well. The Lord seemed to teach David’s hands to war. David would become a military leader in Saul’s Army. As Christians we are in the Kings army and there is certainly a war at hand, one that is not of flesh and blood, but one against rulers, principalities and powers of darkness.
2. Warriors have hands of war “He teaches my hands to war.”
It’s not enough to dress for battle and admire ones armor in front of a mirror. Ephesians 6 also tells us after one has put on the full armor of God to take a stand against the Devil’s schemes, the warrior must battle in prayer (Ephesians 6:18 – 19). Open your mouth boldly, Make known the mystery of the Gospel, Pray always with all prayer in the Spirit, Pray with supplication in the Spirit, Watch with perseverance – Jesus said in the Garden of Gethsemane, “watch and pray…” Make supplication for the saints (fellow believers, not dead people), Pray for laborers (Matthew 9:36-37)
3. Warriors make breakthroughs “…a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.”
Not everyone in the military is considered a warrior. One prerequisite one needs to be considered a warrior is the fact that warriors have won some significant battles that could have been lost. We think of warriors winning many more times than losing. David wrote that he broke a bow of steel in my hands. Acts 12:5 states, “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” Then something happened, Peter actually was broken free from jail by an angel of the Lord (Acts 12:6–16). Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, “thy will be done,” then He went to the cross and put “legs” to his prayers. Don’t just pray for the saints, “encourage them as well,” don’t just pray for the unsaved, go out and reach the lost by preaching the gospel the way Jesus did. If we are warriors for Christ, breakthroughs MUST take place. Learn how to engage in war through prayer, and as one prays in the will of God, one should experience breakthroughs as the church did in Acts. Are you a warrior? If you feel you have been engaged in the spiritual war at hand are you experiencing breakthroughs? Engage, fight, pray, do, and breakthrough by the power and will of God! Blessings, Phil the Evangelist