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Psalm 44:4-8 (JDV)
Psalm 44:4 You are my King, my God, who appoints victories for Jacob.
Psalm 44:5 Through you we drive back our adversaries; through your name we trample our enemies.
Psalm 44:6 You see, I do not trust in my bow, and my sword does not bring me victory.
Psalm 44:7 But you give us victory over our adversaries and cause those who hate us to be disgraced.
Psalm 44:8 We boast in God all day long; we will praise your name permanently. Selah
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I have been thinking about the debate over gun possession, and trying to get a true biblical perspective on it. I know that weapon possession and use has been the norm throughout history. I am trying to see what this psalm can tell me. The sons of Korah learn from their ancestors that they could use their swords and bows, but they should not trust in them to bring victory, because it was through God’s name that they would be able to trample their enemies.
The gun control debate involves two sides. One side insists that our guns are God-given, and we should trust them. The other side insists that our government has a right to limit gun use, and we should trust it to do so.
Both sides put forth good evidence. The pro-gun side has exceptional proof that government is not good at managing other people’s property. The anti-gun side has convincing proof that people need help controlling the violence and terror that gun availability has escalated.
But what is missing in the debate is the God perspective. The reason guns are a problem now is that we have left him and his will totally out of the picture. As long as we refuse to focus on our covenant with God through Christ, we will always be debating issues like this.
Lord, please give us the wisdom to walk in your ways.