They are all skilled swordsmen, experienced warriors. Each wears a sword on his thigh, ready to defend the king against an attack in the night. – Song of Solomon 3:8
Here in the middle of a love poem written by Solomon about one of his many wives is a short passage on the soldiers that accompany the king in his royal procession. This is indeed a very out-of-place passage in this love song, but it is there nonetheless. It speaks of the 60 mighty warriors who attend to the king and are his personal bodyguard. It states that they are armed with sword at the hip and are ready to defend the king at any time at any cost.
We are called to be armed in the body of Messiah and to be ready to do battle. We, however, are not waging battle against people as would have Solomon’s soldiers. No, we wage spiritual battle against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places according to Paul in his Ephesian letter.
Not only do we suit up with armor and a shield, but we suit up with prayer and the word of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), for the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires (Hebrews 4:19).
We are more than amply prepared for battle and should be ready to go on the offensive at the command of God the Father in the grace of God the Son through the power of God the Holy Spirit, for it is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies (Zechariah 4:6). And our greatest weapon is our practice and discipline of prayer, for The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results (James 5:16).
Thus, are you suited up, disciplined for battle, and ready to engage the enemy? If not, basic training starts with the basic disciplines of reading God’s Word, applying it to your life, and praying to God daily. The Holy Spirit will then guide you into all truth and show you when, where, how, and what to engage the ROE (rules of engagement) are simple: (1) Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today (Exodus 14:13), (2) Be still, and know that I am God! (Psalm 46:10), (3) it is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies (Zechariah 4:6), and (4) Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible (Matthew 19:26).
Father, thank you for being you and loving me just because you want to do so. I am not worthy of anything that you bestow upon me. The glory all goes to you, for you alone are worthy to receive glory, honor, and power. We were created for your good pleasure; that is why we are here on earth. While we live on earth, we are to be in it and not part of it by your design. The fight is yours and yours alone. We humble ourselves under your mighty hand and stand still to see your salvation, which is a gift of yours to us that cannot be earned or merited but received by faith through grace! As our supreme commander, you guide us into spiritual battle and show us the ground held by the enemy. You show us what targets are to be taken out by your word used through us in prayer and being your witnesses in the earth carrying out the order of the Missio Dei. Help me to be the best soldier I can be in your army. I will discipline myself by the power of your Spirit to excel in battle and to accomplish every mission you set before me. Not my will be done, but yours. In Jesus’ name, Amen.