Chaim begins by talking about King David, who was a warrior even before he became a King, but he also wrote many of the Psalms. Chaim quotes Psalms 46
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the [b]midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has made desolations in the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariot in the fire.
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
He adds that in the battle he and his comrades are fighting, and any other kind of battle his viewers might be fighting, it’s important to remember that God doesn’t worry about numbers. Chaim reminds us of the story of Gideon, when God directed Gideon to send thousands of Israelite soldiers home and finish the mission with a small band of 300 men.
God cares more about the righteousness, courage and faithfulness of a few than about the sheer numbers involved.
Chaim then takes note that on the 100th day of this war, large numbers of Israelis have been killed and wounded. 134 people who were taken hostage on October 7th remain in captivity, over 150,000 people are displaced and many more are unemployed. Millions of dollars in damage have been done to Israeli communities from rocket fire and terrorist attacks, but the nation is determined to push on and finish the job.
Chaim mentions the growing menace on Israel’s northern border and the threats to international shipping in the Red Sea and the Bab al-Mandab Straights leading into it.
It’s a scary situation, but Chaim draws hope from the generosity of supporters of the Aliyah Return Center who have given so that soldiers can have the equipment they need and displaced families can be cared for.
Chaim quotes Jesus from John 8:32; “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”