With my oldest child starting Boot Camp in the US Army in a few weeks, my mind has been on military lately. I guess that is a pretty good mindset to have when reading through Psalms. So much of it deals with battles and enemies. David was an amazing military leader.
Every good military has a battle plan. Every good military leader communicates that battle plan to his soldiers. He doesn't tell his soldiers the whole story, but he fills them in on the part they are responsible to carry out. The leader gives precise instructions and the soldiers must follow those instructions in order to win the battle.
In life, we face many battles as Christians. The good thing is that our Commanding Officer, the Lord, has given us precise instructions on how to fight the battles. He hasn't told us exactly what He will do in the battle, but He has guaranteed us the victory if we follow His battle plan.
The TDCR Battle Plan
Psalm 37:3 "Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed."
The first part of the battle plan is to trust our Commanding Officer. Trust what?
- That He knows the battle
- That He has the perfect plan
- That He is in control
- That He is powerful enough to carry out His plan
Psalm 37:4 "Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart."
One of the greatest tactics of any enemy is divide and conquer. If the enemy can weasel his way in between the soldiers and the commander, he can create confusion. We have to be vigilant about this strategy. The Lord must be our delight. He must be our heart, our focus, our everything! He must be what brings us joy. He must be what we anticipate and look forward to. He cannot simply be a peripheral part of our lives, off on the sidelines. He must be central.
Psalm 37:5 "Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."
To win this battle, the battle must start with a surrender. It's a complete surrender of our lives to Him. Our will, our desires, our goals, our decisions... all of it must be placed completely in His hands. How can we do that? Trust. A person who doesn't trust God will keep holding the reins of his life. They will refuse to hand those reins over to the Lord.
Psalm 37:7 "Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass."
It isn't enough just to wait on the Lord. We should wait on the Lord, but how we wait is just as important as the waiting. He doesn't want us wasting energy pacing back and forth, fretting while we wait. He wants us to rest. He wants us to grab a spiritual cup of hot tea, sit down, and rest. He really is in control and there is no need for us to worry. We need to wait patiently. He will accomplish His part of the Battle Plan. We need to accomplish our part.
Trust, Delight, Commit, Rest. That's our battle plan. That's our strategy. That's the command given by our Commanding Officer.