“For I will not trust in my bow,
Nor will my sword save me.” – Psalm 44:6 (NASB)
Sin must be purged from our lives.
The verse, strictly, refers to the sons of Korah not trusting in their bow nor sword to save them in battle. The first part of the next verse tells us, “But You have saved us from our adversaries”, referring to God’s work to save them in battle.
I realized the impact of this verse as I read it. The fighting was being done. These men took up their bow. They took up their sword. They went out to battle their enemy. I had been doing the same in my life. I had geared up. I read my Bible. I meditated. I prayed. I worshiped. I confronted sin. I managed on occasion to defeat sin, or so I thought.
So by this time some of you can see my error. Do you see the depth of it?
I had thought that my own actions, even with the proper tools, were sufficient to fend off sin. You may run right to the conclusion – oh, God has to do it, not you. But isn’t there more? After all, how does God “do” these things? They are the right tools, right actions. What is left? They are done poorly. No matter how diligently I read, pray, meditate or worship, it is still me doing it. Whether you or I or anyone else, except Jesus Himself, attempts these things – we fail. It is utterly impossible for us to read or pray or meditate or worship or anything to the satisfaction of God Almighty. We are not able to fully satisfy God in anything we do. For this reason, all our spiritual discipline is infused with sin to some extent. How then does God accept these works? The same way He accepts us, through His Son Jesus Christ. Jesus has paid for these sins, the sins that infuse our imperfect devotions to our God. Jesus makes these devotions valuable and pleasing to God through His perfect life and His death on the cross. We must acknowledge our incapability to satisfy God. We must also acknowledge that only through Jesus Christ are any of our actions acceptable to God. Then we must request that God continue to work through us to use even our sin-ridden devotions for our enrichment and sanctification through our worthy mediator Jesus Christ.
It is not our bow nor our sword that we trust in. Instead we trust in God to work sanctification through our bow and through our sword; not that our bow or sword could achieve sanctification but the Lord makes our feeble attempt worthy through Jesus. This is what the sons of Korah understood.