There is an extremely visual scene described in Numbers 24:9 “He couches, he lies down as a lion, and as a lion, who dares rouse him? Blessed is everyone who blesses you, and cursed is everyone who curses you.”
The Lord is described as a Lion – even the Lion of Judah, ready to be aroused and defend His people. The words are directed specifically at Israel – ‘Blessed is everyone who blesses you, and cursed is everyone who curses you.’
Psalm 33:10-15 “The LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance. The LORD looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men; From His dwelling place He looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, He who fashions the hearts of them all, He who understands all their works.”
Psalm 33:4 “For the word of the LORD is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness. The basis of Psalm 33 is simply that the Lord is upright and faithful. When God makes a promise to anyone, it is secure, not negotiable. The Apologetic commentary says: “A country’s leaders may organize military action from time to time to deal with threats to national security, but such efforts do not guarantee ultimate safety and success. Victory comes from the Lord; He may use the instruments of warfare, or He may not, depending on His purposes. Whatever the situation, the people of God must acknowledge that there can be victory only if the Lord wills.”
As we grapple in spiritual warfare with the prospect of The Third Intifada, we stand on solid ground. The Psalmist declares: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.”
As we commit to prayer, embrace the power of His word. “Blessed are you, O Israel; Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, Who is the shield of your help and the sword of your majesty! So your enemies will cringe before you, and you will tread upon their high places.” (Deut. 33:29)
Who is this God we trust? “In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.” (Rev 1:16) Christ Himself is the light of Israel. He was a light ‘to enlighten the Gentiles.’ For so long Israel was the only light showing forth the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Christ came and through His sacrifice and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, equipped Jewish saints to touch nations and ethnic groups around the world.
God speaks of His inheritance, Israel: “For You have separated them from all the peoples of the earth as Your inheritance, as You spoke through Moses Your servant, when You brought our fathers forth from Egypt, O Lord GOD.” (1 Kings 8:53)
So why should we pray? The wonderful Bible teacher Derek Prince shared a number of foundations for those who pray for Israel. Consider these:
Psalm 102:13 “You will arise and have compassion on Zion; For it is time to be gracious to her, For the appointed time has come.”
Derek: Lord, show Your mercy and favor to Israel in this set time.
Psalm 129: 5-6 “May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward; Let them be like grass upon the housetops, which withers before it grows up; Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion. Let them be as grass upon the housetops, which withers before it grows up.”
Derek added – Lord, deal justly and swiftly with Your enemies.
Psalm 55:9 “Confuse, O Lord, divide their tongues, for I have seen violence and strife in the city.”
Derek wrote: In the name of Jesus, we bind every false religion and false doctrine that does not acknowledge Your eternal plan for the land and people of Israel
Psalm 33:10 “The LORD nullifies the counsel of the nations; He frustrates the plans of the peoples.
Derek: We declare that God’s purposes for Israel will be completely fulfilled and that He will be glorified.
There is a very simple prayer shown in Psalm 25:22. It simply says: “Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.”
I particularly like the Prayer of David recorded in Psalm 14: 7 “Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores His captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.
Please join with your family and friends, even today, and pray for the Lord’s intervening protection for Israel from the threats of their enemies. The answer will be outstanding.