Rejoicing in Your Tents

Imagine that you are a bird, perched on the branch of a tree some 3,000 years ago. Overlooking a verdant valley in Israel, you see the tents of an invading army staked across the distant hillside. On the opposite hillside, you see the tents of the Israelite army.

The Israelite encampment is quiet and somber. The dim, glowing embers of cooking fires smolder faintly, as the soldiers sharpen their swords and spears. Sober thoughts run deep as they bunker down for a final night of rest. Tomorrow will be the battle.

The battle ensues the next day. Weapons clang, as discordant cries of war and fighting peal out across the landscape. As the hours wear on, the cacophony diminishes slowly. And soon, the remnants of invaders fall back in full surrender. Israel has won!

As the sun dips below the distant hillside, they return to camp victorious. Weak and battered, tired and sore, they stumble into camp and collapse in their tents, exhausted. At first, the camp is silent, but not for long. Very soon, from within a tent you hear a shout of triumph. And then, in a different tent another. Then another, and another. The whoops and hollers turn to songs of victory. Weary but jubilant, the soldiers form a motley choir, praising God in their tents.

And that’s the picture painted for us in Psalm 118:15.

The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; the right hand of the Lord does valiantly. (NKJV)

Are any challenges approaching you? Are you quietly, soberly, perhaps fearfully facing the prospects of tomorrow? No matter what assailant is staked out on the hillside against you, there is hope. The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.

Rest in the Lord and let him fight your battles. Trust in the Lord, and he will strengthen and defend you. And soon, very soon, you will be rejoicing in your tents.

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