Psalms 119 is one of the most powerful passages of scripture in all of the Bible. It is a chapter all about the power and integrity of the word of God. This portion of scripture gives insight in how to navigate the challenges of everyday life.
As I was reading through this chapter of the Bible recently, verse 95 jumped off the page at me. It says:
95 The wicked wait for me to destroy me, But I will consider Your testimonies.
I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say we’ve been in a major season of wicked in America. From the negative impact of COVID-19 on lives, relationships, businesses, to the rioting and political chaos, we have seen a lot of destruction in America. Satan is using these things to destroy.
So how do we overcome? This passage says we overcome by our testimonies. The ancient meaning of the root word for testimony means to do again or repeat. In other words every time we recount a testimony of God’s deliverance and faithfulness, we are actually inviting Him to perform the same feat again.
Our testimony does at least three things:
1. It gets us back in faith when we are surrounded by our enemy and fear begins to creep in.
2. Power is released when we speak the word of God. When we tell of a previous deliverance of God, we are proclaiming a previous miracle God did and actively inviting Him to do it again.
3. It puts fear in the heart of the enemy. In Joshua, the people in Jehrico were afraid of Israel. They had heard about how God had delivered Israel from Egypt and they knew they were next.
A great example of the power of a testimony in the scripture is the story of David and Goliath. Goliath was a 10 foot tall Philistine who defied the armies of God. The Israeli army was so scared they hid behind rocks. After a series of events, David was brought before King Saul and wanted the opportunity to fight Goliath. Saul thought David was too young and inexperienced to fight, but look at David’s response:
34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.”
David began to recount his testimony. David began to tell Saul of past deliverances of the Lord and how he saved him from the paw of the lion and the bear. He then told Saul that Goliath would meet the same fate. David’s testimony caused Saul to give David the opportunity to fight Goliath, reminded David of God’s power to deliver, and was a prophetic declaration of Goliath’s destiny!
It’s important to speak forth testimonies of things God has done in our lives. We need to constantly remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness and His willingness to use His power on our behalf, particularly in this season. It is a major key to walk in the power of God and receive deliverance from the hand of our enemy.
To learn more about the power of a testimony check out this message I taught at Grace Life Church.