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The Songs We Sing: Warrior

Posted July 8 Chris Howard

“WARRIOR” by South Of Royal

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is when the Israelites are fleeing Egypt in Exodus 14. The Egyptians were in hot pursuit, and when the Israelites looked up to see an army marching after them, “they feared greatly” (Exodus 14:10). Knowing death is imminent for them, the Israelites start to cry out to the Lord and to Moses. Moses says to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent” (Exodus 14:13-14).

A song we are introducing into our Well Music library is called “Warrior” by South of Royal. This song is an anthem that the Lord, who is a triumphant and strong warrior, fights our battles for us and defeats every foe. What a joy it is to be reminded that God is fighting our battles for us, even the ones we didn’t know existed. The questions I am left with when listening to this song and reading over its lyrics are: who is the foe that I face and what battles need to be fought and won?

To answer these questions, we’ll look to the Apostle Paul’s words when he says, “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:10-12).

WHOSE STRENGTH IS IT ANYWAY?

One of the things we need to recognize as believers is where our strength should be coming from in the first place. Verse 10 says to “be strong in the Lord.” We often feel that we need to muscle our struggles out on our own, but the Apostle Paul would disagree. I don’t know about you, but I often think that if I arm myself with things like money, charm, a good work ethic, a strong social media presence, and youthful appearance, I’ll succeed in the challenges I face. Instead, we need to operate in the strength and armor that the Lord provides, recognizing that without it, we are weak and frail. Interestingly, when we read on to verse 18 in Ephesians 6, we learn that the strength of the Lord is provided mainly through prayer. A person who is strong in the Lord is someone who is connected to Him through prayer.

THE REAL ENEMY

The reason we need to rely so heavily on the might of the Lord is so we “may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” There is an actual enemy who seeks to take us down. Employing rulers, authorities, spiritual forces of evil, and cosmic powers over this present darkness gives us a comprehensive picture of what kind of rival we have. And relying on our own meager efforts when faced with the devil’s schemes is an utter defeat. But a reliance on the mighty warrior that is Christ ensures victory every time. To quote “Warrior,” our new song, “As you triumph over every foe, no rebel, no rival can stand before Your Throne.”

FLESH AND BLOOD

One might think that knowing about the enemies we face would sear it into our minds, making us aware and alert. Problematically, we’re a forgetful people, especially about the things we do not see. Inevitably, this forgetfulness leads us to “enemy mix-up.” We often make an enemy of those who annoy us or disagree with our viewpoint, or even hurt and abuse us (physically, mentally or emotionally). This is especially pervasive within the body of Christ. We are a people who are entrusted with the ministry of reconciliation and unity, but will often resort to slander and malice all because of an “enemy mix-up.” Paul exhorts us that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood.” Stay alert, stay aware, stay prayerful.

THE BATTLE IS ALREADY WON

The reason we can sing a song like “Warrior” with conviction is that the battle has already been won. What Jesus has done on the cross has provided victory against the enemies we face. Colossians 2:15 says that "He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him." Not only has Jesus defeated the devil, but He has defeated sin and death. Knowing this, we can confidently sing the verse saying, "He is my strength, He is my song, He is the God of my salvation."

LYRICS

From age to age, You stay the same Your name, Your ways remain unchanged

We’ve seen the strength that Your hand holds As You triumph over every foe

No rebel, no rival can stand before Your throne

The kingdom, the power is Yours

God is a warrior fighting for me, forever reigning in victory

He has defeated death and the grave, He’s overcome sin with the power to save

Strong and mighty is His name, strong and mighty is His name

There in the face of enemies, You have prepared a place for me

Though I walk through shadows dark, You put a song inside my heart

Defending Your glory, You have conquered all

The kingdom, the power is Yours

He is my strength, He is my song, He is the God of my salvation

He is my strength, He is my song, He is the God of my salvation

South of Royal, “Warrior,” Deliverance & Doubt, The Village Church, 2017.



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