Three things are stately in their tread;
four are stately in their stride:
the lion, which is mightiest among beasts
and does not turn back before any;
the strutting rooster, the he-goat,
and a king whose army is with him.
The lion is a mighty one, and does not turn back down from the face of other beasts. Though the lion is being described as “among” beasts, he alone is on the throne of the wild animals. The rooster is described as “strutting.” Like the lion, the rooster is ready for battle, and will face down enemies. And, like the lion, the rooster is a lone battler. The male goat also fights alone. It kicks and bucks here, there, and everywhere until its opponent has fled. Each of these relies on its own strength in standing against threats or danger.
The king, however, does not stand alone and does not feel threatened. He walks with calm knowing his army is “with him.”
As children of our most high God and King, we do not stand alone. Although threatened by the slings and arrows of the enemy, we have an advocate who fights our battles for us. He has given us the ultimate victory through our Savior, Emmanuel—“God with us.” Let us walk with confidence today.
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