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The lord of hosts – Part 3

By Austen C. Ukachi
22 January 2023   |   3:43 am
Twice David said in Psalm 46: “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” (Ps.46.7, 11 NKJV). The repetition of this statement in one chapter confirms its importance.

Twice David said in Psalm 46: “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” (Ps.46.7, 11 NKJV). The repetition of this statement in one chapter confirms its importance. The Lord of hosts is truly with us, and we must live with that consciousness. Romans 8:31 says: “…If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Two texts, 1Samuel 1:6, 11 and Isaiah 6:1-9 shed light on the identity and character of the Lord of hosts. In 1Samuel 1:3, we read that Elkanah worshipped and sacrificed to the Lord of hosts. “This man went up from his city yearly to worship and sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. Also the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord were there” (1 Samuel 1.3 NKJV).

While in I Samuel 1:11, Hannah prayed to the Lord of hosts thus: “Then she made a vow and said: “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head”

The implications of the two texts above are these: the Lord of hosts is to be worshipped. Worship provokes the Lord of hosts into action. Psalm 22:3 says God inhabits the praises of his people. Through praise, we obtain victory in warfare. Let us recall that intense praise featured prominently in the battles in the Bible. The sounding of trumpets, which symbolises praise featured in the battle of Jericho (Joshua 6). In 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat defeated the three nations that invaded Judah when they began to praise and worship God. Again, we know that Paul and Silas sang their way out of prison in one of the most dramatic releases from prison custody in the Bible (Acts 16).

Elkanah also sacrificed to the Lord of hosts. Elkanah did not only worship God, but he made sacrifices to Him (Deut.12: 5-7). Hannah seems to understand this when she vowed that she would give her son, Samuel back to God. God requires sacrifices from us. The sacrifices of our lives, time and treasure or resources belong to God (Romans 12:1; Hebrews 13:15-16).

Hannah’s prayer in 1 Samuel 1:11 teaches us that, the Lord of hosts grants impossible and difficult situations. Like Hannah, those who have been waiting for a long time for their needs will have answers to their petitions.

Isaiah 6:1-6 further reveals to us that the Lord of hosts is holy, his holiness is to the third degree; meaning we have to give Him the highest reverence. Isaiah 8:13 reads: “The Lord of hosts, Him you shall hallow; Let Him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.” When Nadab and Abihu, the two sons of Aaron, infringed on the holiness of God, He was swift and decisive to judge them (Leviticus 10:1-3).

Isaiah also said that the Lord of hosts is resplendent; his glory covered the earth. His glory speaks of his resplendence and splendour.

• Furthermore, Isaiah says, “…For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts” (Isa.6.5 NKJV). The Lord of hosts is the King of kings and Lord of lords. The Lord of hosts is sovereign. In Isaiah 6 verse 1, Isaiah saw Him sitting on the throne, a position of authority and rulership. Just as Isaiah saw the Lord, we too can see him. Contact:pastoracukachi@mail.com