Read Psalm 76
Focus on verse 6
In a world ruled by fear, military might seems to have the final word. All the political negotiations, the peace summits that are held to give the impression that we are being civil about it do little to mask the message that ultimately is communicated. The bottom line is that the nations with the most military might have the final word and those who desire to survive most often choose to fall in line. It is the way it has been throughout recorded history…it is a pattern that likely will not change until Jesus returns.
There have been the odd exceptions to this pattern. Every once in a while, when God intervenes, there is an upset, which serves as a reminder to those who hold the power that they have a mandate to use it responsibly. Interestingly the majority of these “upset” victories seem to historically have run in favor of one particular nation. I have not done a detailed historical search of military records to verify this, but it would seem to me that historically the nation of Israel might hold the record for pulling off seemly impossible upset military victories. Certainly there have been times when they have been defeated, but I find it interesting that they seem to hold a higher percentage of instances than most other nations where it appears that God did some things on their behalf, either with the weather, or with a supernatural event of some kind, in order to turn the tables on the military force that in any other circumstance would have easily overpowered them.
The key verse today reminds us that while military might is highly regarded by humanity, all it takes is one rebuke from God and the greatest military force in the world would be overcome in an instant. It is not a bad thing to respect the power of human military forces. It would however, be a huge mistake to assume that any human military system is invincible. As much as some of us might like to think that we have the power to rule the universe, God pretty solidly holds that position, and I rather doubt He will be inclined to hand it over to us any time soon. Since He holds that position it would seem wise to me to align oneself with God so that we do not find ourselves on the wrong side of the battle in the final showdown that ultimately will take place.