Deuteronomy 33: 18-29

18 Of Zebulun he said,

“Rejoice, Zebulun, in your going forth,
And, Issachar, in your tents.
19 “They will call peoples to the mountain;
There they will offer righteous sacrifices;
For they will [l]draw out the abundance of the seas,
And the hidden treasures of the sand.”

20 Of Gad he said,

“Blessed is the one who enlarges Gad;
He lies down as a [m]lion,
And tears the arm, also the crown of the head.
21 “Then he [n]provided the first part for himself,
For there the ruler’s portion was [o]reserved;
And he came with the leaders of the people;
He executed the justice of the Lord,
And His ordinances with Israel.”

22 Of Dan he said,

“Dan is a lion’s whelp,
That leaps forth from Bashan.”

23 Of Naphtali he said,

“O Naphtali, satisfied with favor,
And full of the blessing of the Lord,
Take possession of the sea and the south.”

24 Of Asher he said,

“More blessed than sons is Asher;
May he be favored by his brothers,
And may he dip his foot in oil.
25 “Your locks will be iron and bronze,
And according to your days, so will your leisurely walk be.

26 “There is none like the God of [p]Jeshurun,
Who rides the heavens [q]to your help,
And through the skies in His majesty.
27 “The eternal God is a [r]dwelling place,
And underneath are the everlasting arms;
And He drove out the enemy from before you,
And said, ‘Destroy!’
28 “So Israel dwells in security,
The fountain of Jacob secluded,
In a land of grain and new wine;
His heavens also drop down dew.
29 “Blessed are you, O Israel;
Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord,
Who is the shield of your help
And the sword of your majesty!
So your enemies will cringe before you,
And you will tread upon their high places.”

When we are saved by the Lord, or as we might say, when we accept His offer of salvation (from our sins and death), we become a new creation. It isn’t always noticeable right away on the outside, but God begins a new work, a new process, in our lives.

It doesn’t all happen overnight, some things take time, but we also can claim the promise that God is the “shield of your help” and the “sword of your majesty”. He is our protector, God provides what we need, and we do not fight our own battles. God goes before us, and we simply follow His lead.

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