Christian Devotions

Lord of Hosts

And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the Lord of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the Lord, were there. ~~I Samuel 1:3 (KJV)

Jehovah Sabaoth is a name of God used more than 200 times in the bible. It is so easy for us to get caught up in the fact that God is personal to each of us that we forget His majesty and power.  Translating the Hebrew, we see that the Eternal, Everlasting God commands “masses of people arrayed as for a battle.”  Those are the hosts.

This name of God appears only once in the New Testament:

Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.  ~~ James 5:4 (KJV)

How interesting that it is connected with the pleas of the downtrodden – the underdogs.

I would not like to be among those who kept back the hire of the reapers in this instance. The Lord of Hosts is not a person that I would like to tangle with from the other side of the dispute.

But look at the comfort for the reapers. They are assured that the Lord of Hosts is on their side, that He cares about them, and that He will ultimately make things right.

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. ~~ Romans 12:19

We do well to remember that the Lord we serve is a loving, comforting, personal God as well as the majestic Lord and Commander of multitudes of both people and angels.

We do well to remember that when we think to take things into our own hands, we overstep our boundaries.

Father, God,

Help us to remember who You are in all of your majesty. Remind us that if You are for us, no power in the universe can stand against us. Not that we are able, but that You will undertake for us. Accept our gratitude for Who and What You are.

In Jesus’ most precious name.


  Join me as we worship His Majesty!


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