Let not man prevail…Let the nations know that they are but men!
Psalm 9: 19, 20 (ESV)
This is a profound declaration of what challenges us even today. These short verses coined by David over a thousand years ago, while relatively clear in meaning can still be easily misinterpreted. In spite of all the violent turmoil swirling about us, we believe God wants us to find peace and happiness in this present life. We believe that he loves us and has our best interest at heart. And as rightful citizens of God’s kingdom, he wants us to prevail for he knows that his kingdom will eternally prevail. But the question is; over what or who is the kingdom to prevail?
We are to prevail over all the powers of darkness and tyranny, which grip the souls of man to wreaking havoc across the face of the earth. This by way of the indisputable authority and inherent power granted us under the New Covenant. Consequently, we are not to prevail over the weak, oppressed, poor, or any of those forsaken by this pitiless world.
With that directive, this verse could also read; “let not the sinful self-serving nature of man prevail.” We instead are to allow God to prevail by nurturing and empowering the impoverished, the oppressed, and the disadvantaged among all the nations. And we are to pray for and support righteous leadership.
From God’s perspective, we are not to consider our permanent residency to reside in any nation of this world but instead are to actively reach out as rightful citizens of the kingdom of God the righteous commonwealth of believers that comprise the compassionate spiritually empowered body of Christ on earth. We are to live and journey under the light imparted from God to occupy the spiritual high ground illuminating the darkness that entombs the souls of earthly man. In this way, we clearly radiate God’s truth and love helping to free them from the stubborn chains of sin and the hollow beliefs that lead into the highest echelons of power and governments on the earth.
Dear God, keep us humble yet fearless and bold in our quest for righteousness and justice so that man does not prevail in his foolishness. Help us to lean on you and trust you to wisely guide and strengthen us in this endeavor so that you prevail over all the nations of this world through love-laden truth. Amen.
A F Fischer