“O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
—Psalm 8:1 ESV
Welcome to the Book of Psalms! The longest book in the Bible, its words encourage readers to praise God for who He is and what He’s done. The Hebrew name for the book literally means “praises.”
It’s Wednesday, July 1st, 1863, a hot summer day in southern Pennsylvania. Hoping to raid Union supplies stored in the small town of Gettysburg, Confederate forces had never advanced this far north at this point in the war. Before they could invade the town, they were suddenly fired upon by a Union garrison, which prompted the initial skirmishes of the Battle of Gettysburg.
The next morning, Union Commanding Officers strategically lined forces along the western ridgeline to protect the town and stave off the enemy. While the ridgeline was significant to their mission, the Union accidentally exposed their left flank. It was a rocky hill known as Little Round Top. Unbeknownst to both sides, a race ensued between each military to occupy the hill…
Colonel Vincent’s 140th New York brigade arrived mere minutes before Confederate troops did, sealing the final hole in the Union’s strategy, contributing towards their eventual victory at Gettysburg, and pushing the enemy back south.
“He who occupies the high ground… will fight to advantage,” said Chinese military strategist and philosopher, Sun Tzu. The men who fought in this battle, on D-Day, and Iwo Jima know this all too well. The high ground grants a wider field of view to see the entire battle. It makes it easier to survey movements by enemy forces. Enemies fighting uphill also tire more quickly and will move more slowly. Range is furthered for low-speed projectiles like grenades, spears, and arrows.
How do Kingdom Men occupy the high ground before our Enemy does? The answer is simple: Worship. Worship is your high ground. When you worship the Lord Jesus Christ, you suddenly position yourself at the top of Little Round Top. All the battles in your life attempting to deplete you become much smaller than you initially thought.
Daily Battle Order:
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