My dear friend Katie Chew returns for this week’s Word Nerd Wednesday discussion of what it means that God is our Yahweh Gibbor Milcahmah. That may sound like a mouthful, but trust me, you are going to want to absorb the power from the truth she shares here!
Who is this King of Glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Psalm 24:8
Hebrew: Yahweh Gibbor Milcahmah
Translation: The Lord Mighty in Battle
King David knew his share of might in his day. A warrior through and through, he surrounded himself with men of valor, courage
Keeping this in mind, I would argue it holds some added weight when, in Psalm 24, David calls God Yahweh Gibbor Milcahmah—The Lord Mighty in Battle. For in the same way David needed to surround himself with the physical strength of his warriors, he knew the greater need
God Is The Mightiest Warrior
Know this, God is a mighty warrior. No foe can come against him because He has defeated death and all that comes with it. Though evil seems to reign, he is greater still. In fact, if you have called on his name and made him the Lord of your life, the same power that raised Jesus from the grave dwells in you and has made you more than a conqueror. There is no battle, no power, no enemy, no trial greater than He. If he is for you, nothing can stand against you (Romans 8).
The same “Mighty in Battle” God to whom David credited his victories is the same God who fights for you. Do you believe that or have you lost sight of his power and might? As humans we have this tendency to develop tunnel vision when it comes to our battles. Our eyes focus on the temporary rather than the eternal. We often forget that God has saved us time and again because the enemy whispers that this battle will be the one that defeats us.
Where has God proven Himself to be your Yahweh Gibbor Milcahmah
In the face of those lies, I challenge you to look to your experiences where God has shown himself Mighty in Battle. From what has He saved you? Where have you experienced miracles or his very presence? Recall times where he has come through against all odds. Take a step back from your problem or situation and remember his might.
If you’re new to this whole Jesus thing, you can borrow from the Israelites. They regularly reminded themselves of the victories of God. The most famous passage of this in the Bible is Hebrews 11—the faith hall of fame. Time after time we see how God showed up in the lives of the Israelites and time after time we are reminded to wait on him in his power and justice. We are reminded that he is working in ways that we cannot see. We are reminded that sometimes we might not see the fruit of our labor, but generations after us will.
He is Mighty
So know that in the battle for purity, He is Mighty.
In the battle for your marriage, He is Mighty.
In the battle against peer pressure, He is Mighty.
In the battle against pornography, addiction, fear, anxiety, insecurity, despair, shame, gossip, temptation, sin, and death—you name it—He is Mighty.
He is Mighty. He is Mighty. He is Mighty.
So die to your fears and excuses today. Submit and entrust your battles to Him. Ready your hands for war and fight under his banner. He is victorious. He is Lord. He is the King of Glory. He is the Lord Mighty in Battle.What does it mean to you that God is your Yahweh Gibbor Milcahmah? #wordnerdwednesday #namesofgod #yahweh #godismighty Click To Tweet
Katie is a wife and stay-at-home mom of three preschoolers. Most of her time is spent outside or in imaginary worlds. In rare moments of free time, she loves to read, paint and write.