I love reading the Bible and whichever Bible I read, either print or electronic, I highlight key verses. The other day, as part of my daily devotional, I was reading Psalms 18. I noted that I had highlighted verses 31-36 but did not highlight verse 34. Here is the entire passage.
For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? — the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great. You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.
Psalms 18:31-36 (ESV)
Why didn’t I highlight verse 34?
He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
Psalms 18:34 (ESV)
I didn’t want to associate God with war. For so many years, I was told that God is love, and, indeed, He is. But this is not the complete personality of God. Our very souls are in a continual spiritual battle with Satan. It is a battle that we have no way of winning unless God intervenes and save us. Satan hates God and everything associated with Him. Satan’s wages war on our souls by inciting our pride and appealing to the lust of our eyes, flesh, and body. But God’s weapons are infinitely stronger than Satan’s. When we confess our sins, repent and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, He gives us His Holy Spirit to indwell within us. He illuminates our mind to understand the meaning of His Word, the Bible. He empowers us to resist the schemes of Satan. He readies our hands and trains our entire being for war!
The entire Bible is to be read and believed. We cannot cherry pick verses from it only to satisfy our idea of what we think God should be. God is sovereign! He is love and He is the supreme Judge of the universe. And if we are to obey and trust Him, we need to have a complete understanding of who He is.
He is God, there is no other!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.