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“Kings and their armies are running away”.

Ps 68:12 GNB

Most of us live quiet lives. We do no harm and few people ever harm us. But we watch our television screens night after night, and we see the things that go on in the world. A speech is made by some president and it leads to an outcry. Soon the planes are roaring into battle, bombs are falling, tanks are rumbling through the streets of some far-away city and war is in progress. “Kings and their armies are advancing or retreating. They are the ones who rule the world. Only they aren’t. The kings and their armies have come up against God and he is working his sovereign purposes despite the fact that few can see him.

When the Israelites got to the end of their long and wearying journey from Egypt and entered the promised land it was the achievement of a significant advance in their history. The long centuries of slavery were over. The years of trekking through the wilderness were complete. God had overcome their foes. He had challenged the kings who had sought to continue their slavery and who wished them ill. He had routed their armies, overcoming all the obstacles in their way. Now they were free to pursue their lives, worship their God and enjoy their freedom. They could now be the people he wanted them to be. Their song in the temple celebrated all these events. It brought them joy (and some gloating) to look back and attribute it all to their God.

Celebrate the triumph of Jesus over the powers of evil as he rose from the dead and through the Holy Spirit empowered his disciples to live and enjoy fullness of life.


Lord, thank you for your victory over all that is wrong and evil.


I pray today Lord for all those people who will go to Christian worship feeling lost, lonely, unhappy or worried. May the music in the service uplift them, the readings from the Bible help them, and the sermon meet them in their deep need. I ask it in Jesus Christ’s name. AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

Matthew 5:38–42

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