Do True Warriors Really Worship?

All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king (1Chr 12:38)

In 1 Chronicles 12 an interesting scene is being set.  Mighty men, from all walks of life, are joining David with the intent to make him king (12:38).  What kind of mighty men were they?  The Scriptures say, “They were bowmen and could shoot arrows and sling stones with either the right or the left hand.” (12:2).  And some of the Gadites are described as, “…mighty and experienced warriors, expert with shield and spear, whose faces were like the faces of  lions and who were swift as gazelles upon the mountains…” (12:8). And 1 Chronicles 12:21-22 says, “They helped David…, for they were all mighty men of valor and were commanders in the army.  …from day to day men came to David to help him, until there was a great army, like an army of God.”  And as thousands upon thousands are joining David, God graciously provides a few men of Issachar (12:32) who are “men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…”.

As we move into Chapter 13 the scene continues to unfold.  David wants to gather not only mighty warriors, but also all the brothers of Israel, the priests, and the Levites (13:2). Why? For what purpose?  He gathers all of Israel (13:5) together so they may worship God.  What happens next must befuddle the average American.  Verse 8 says, “And David and all Israel were rejoicing before God with all their might, with song and lyres and harps and tambourines and cymbals and trumpets.”  Can you imagine what that must have been like?  All of Israel, young and old, from Levites to lowly shepherds, full blooded descendents of Abraham to newly acquired “men of valor” worshiping ‘with all their might’!  People of the United States, brothers and sisters in Christ; will we fight the good fight?  Will we be mighty in prayer?  May Jesus have mercy upon us all.  Mighty warriors, in Christ, we fight the fiercest when standing shoulder to shoulder praying & worshipping the Lord of lords and King of kings! Come join the Call2Fall.

  • Lord Jesus, we confess the things that break your heart do not break ours.  Please forgive us for not doing what we know we should do- we have not defended the impoverished, the exposed, the vulnerable, and the stranger.  Also, forgive us for doing that which we ought not be doing for we have broken your commands. We now take up the shield of faith in one hand, the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, in the other. Where we walk today may we bring the peace that comes only from the Gospel.  Holy Spirit empower us now to walk by faith, in grace, through your power and presence.  In and through Jesus our Lord & Savior we ask these things. Amen

Rev. Matt Uldrich
Associate Pastor, Catalina Foothills Church,
PCA Tucson, AZ, www.cfcpca.org

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