It’s not so much a picture that’s captured my attention this week as a song that I keep hearing. My car radio is broken – stuck on the local forces radio station and a DJ with a fairly limited playlist, so I keep hearing the same songs over and over. This week’s favourite is a song written by a girl for her best friend – it has some pretty dubious lyrics, but there’s one line that sends powerful echoes through my soul every time I hear it :
“When I’m with you, I’m standing with an army”
Isn’t that awesome? When I’m with you I’m standing with an army. When I’m with you I can face anything because I know I’m not facing it alone. When I’m with you I can be brave and courageous, because I know I have back-up, I know someone is covering my back.
When I’m with you, I’m standing with an army
It’s a statement of faith, a statement that slices through fear. And better than that, in Christ, it’s actually true: One of the names of God that describes who he is and what he is like is ‘The Lord of Hosts’. It’s used more than 200 times in the Old Testament, is sometimes translated ‘Almighty’ and means that God has ultimate power over all created things, including the mighty angelic host of heaven.
The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Psalm 46:1 NRSV
What a beautiful, awesome verse. Pause with it for a moment. Read it again, drink it in..
God is a both a refuge- somewhere you can run to and be safe- and the leader of a mighty army who will fight alongside you. He is your shield and the sword at your right hand. He will defend you and he will fight for you. He is with you and when he is with you there is a whole host of heaven that stands with you too.
Are you fighting a battle?
Sometimes it feels like I’m fighting several skirmishes on several different fronts. It’s tiring and painful and I easily forget the mighty army that stands with me and fights alongside me. I often make the mistake of thinking that I’m fighting my battles alone.
Sometimes the reality is harder to see than the deception.
And yet this is the truth:
When Jesus is with me, I’m standing with an army.