Household Prayer: vocation

Brothers, I read Ps. 144 in my morning reading, and the historical note for Ps. 144:1 in The Founders Bible is about talents and giftings (including the soldier). With a 16 yo planning college visits it has me praying about vocation. I pray we help our children identify and nurture their gifts and talents and disciple them to use them for God’s glory.

“Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me… May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace; may our granaries be full, providing all kinds of produce; may our sheep bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our fields; may our cattle be heavy with young, suffering no mishap or failure in bearing; may there be no cry of distress in our streets!” Psalm 144:1-2, 12-14 ESV

“Beyond the gifts of the Holy Spirit that many of us would be familiar with (1 Cor 12:4-11), the Bible teaches that God bestows various talents and giftings upon individuals, including that of musician (1 Sam 16:18,23; 1 Chr 23:5; 25:7), artisan (1 Kin 5:8-9), hunter (Gen 25:27), jeweler (Ex 35:33), engraver (Ex 35:35), sage (1 Kin 4:29-34), athlete (Judg 13-16), songwriter (Ex 15, the Psalms), civil ruler (Gen 41:41-42; Neh 5:14; Dan 2:48), and orator (Acts 18:26). One gift that is rarely acknowledged today, but is a gift that God specifically affirms in Ps 144:1 is being a skilled soldier: “Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.” That, too, is a direct and sovereign gifting of God. Military subjects and issues are talked about repeatedly throughout both the Old and the New Testaments; even John the Baptist gave specific instructions for soldiers and officers as he was baptizing (Luke 3:12-16). And included throughout the Biblical Hall of Fame in Heb 11 are numerous military figures, held up to us as examples for our emulation… There are many other examples, but military-oriented sermons were a regular part of American church practice for centuries for the simple reason that the Bible recognizes this as an important God-ordained vocation. Christians today should regain the perspective that just as God gives special skills to individuals, He makes clear in Ps 144:1 that He also specifically gifts certain individuals to be effective soldiers.” The Founders’ Bible, 2012, Shiloh Road Publishers; Notes on Psalm 144:1;

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