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The Blessing of our Arms Isa. 49:1-2

The Blessing of our Arms
Isa. 49:1-2

Intro.  Our Lord was the “polished shaft” and the “sharp sword.”  Our heavenly Father wielded Him to destroy Satan, sin and death and to bring salvation.  Likewise, God’s people are to be His battle axe: Jer 51:20: Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms.  He took 12 committed men and turned the world upside down.  When we ask the Lord to bless our arms, we are also asking Him to bless us in the right and holy use of them.  His blessings are not simply to make our arms effectual, but to make us effectual in the proper and right use of them.  If we ask for His blessings, we must understand that our arms are to be used righteously and in accordance to His Law.  God will not bless sin, wickedness or rebellion.  He blesses only obedience and those instruments that are used in obedience to Him.

His blessings include protection. If we desire His protection, we must cling to Him in faith no matter the circumstances or the situations.  He has promised in Isa. 54:17:

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

It will do us no good to use our arms and fail to trust in the Lord.  He must keep us.  He must protect us.

Ps. 127:1: Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

Obedience not only brings protection; it also brings prosperity.  David admonished Solomon in 1Kings 2:3:

And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself.

Let us dedicate ourselves first and foremost to the Lord and as we do so, we also dedicate our arms to the proper and holy use for which they have been ordained.

Prayer:

Lord, we give ourselves unto thee, we present our bodies a holy and living sacrifice as thou has commanded.  In doing so, we also dedicate our arms unto thee and ask thy blessings upon them.  We ask thee in the name of Christ that thou would make our arms as righteous as Christ our Divine Arrow, as holy and just as His divine sword, and that we may we always use them only for His honor and glory who has given them to us for our protection and preservation.

Be pleased O Lord, in their use, to make them fly as straight as David’s stone into Goliath, make them as powerful as the jawbone of Samson where with he killed a thousand Philistines, make us as determined in their use as Eleazar the Ahohite whose hand clave unto his sword and give us the wisdom to use them as Shamgar wielded his ox goad to slay 600 men.

We confess that the battle is the Lord’s.  It is not our weaponry, our prowess, our strength, our tactics or our abilities but the presence and power of God that makes us and our weapons effectual in the day of battle.  Truly, Ps. 44:3-8 applies in our battles, therefore, we confess with those who fought before us:

For they got not the land in possession by their own sword, neither did their own arm save them: but thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance, because thou hadst a favour unto them.  Thou art my King, O God: command deliverances for Jacob.  Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.  For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.  But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.  In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.

May we enjoy the blessings of Abraham given my Melchizedek in Gen. 14:20 when he said: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand.  We ask, as we honor and obey thee, that thou wilt be pleased to grant us victory in time and in history and that thou wilt be pleased to not only deliver us from our enemies but that thou wilt be pleased to deliver our enemies into our hands.  It is for this reason that Christ our Lord came according to Zacharias in Luke 1:68-75:

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

We know that victory is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  We are expressly told in 1 Cor. 15:57:

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Moreover, we are also told in 1 John 5:4:

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

In light of these truths, we humbly beseech thee to bless us and our arms that we may be thy people and that thou would be our God and that we would serve thee faithfully according to thy Word.

We ask these blessings in the name of our savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen

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