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Warfare and Worship

What can you do when the evil one stirs up persecution against the church? How do you handle it when the battle against your own sin seems to be faltering? Exodus 17:8-16 is more than just a snippet of Israelite history focusing on an obscure battle. In Sunday morning’s message at Trinity Presbyterian Church we see that God connects the battle against the Amalekites with the worship his people give him. Moses, overlooking the battle from a hill, holds up his staff in prayer.

staff-in-hand“Because Israel was to be the Lord’s, because Israel’s hand was to be on the throne of the Lord, because Israel was to confess that its cause was the Lord’s cause, the war against Amalek would never end. If we are the Lord’s we must never call a halt to the fight against sin, the devil and all God’s enemies. If we make peace, we will lose the battle. Fortunately, the Lord Jesus Christ never relaxed in that struggle, but fought it to the very end. He is still waging war out of heaven. He will make sure that those who belong to Him wage this battle continually. And He will give them the victory, for He has conquered and He will always conquer.” (S. G. DeGraaf, Promise and Deliverance, Vol. 1, p. 293).