"Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die!" The sword fight begins and throughout the fight Inigo keeps repeating this line. He gains strength, confidence, courage, hope; all the things needed to win the battle. It is his battle cry. Battle cries have fanned the flames of passion in time of war; "Remember the Maine", "Remember Pearl Harbor," "Remember the Alamo!" and most recently, "Remember the Towers!" They help rally the troops and home folk around a central issue.
As a Christian I also have a battle cry; "I know my redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth!" The line comes from the book of Job (Job 19:25). Job's family had been destroyed, live stock killed, sores all over his body and three "friends" - Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar (with friends like these, Job didn't need any enemies), who kept trying to get Job to admit to secret sins. Job had lost everything and had become the laughing stock of the community. For those of you who aren't familar with the story, Job was a pawn in (for lack of a better word), a bet between God and Satan. The bet was this: "Take away everything Job has and that he holds dear to him, and he will curse your face." God, knowing the faith of Job, told Satan "Go ahead," and what happened? Job, after everything was gone, got on his hands and knees and praised God. Don't you know that put a burr in Satan's underwear! We need to have battle cries when the skeptics try to bludgeon us with arguments against the existence of God or our faith. These are attacks on who we are as a people, and attacks on our Papa.
If your home or family is being attacked and you can't send help at that time, wouldn't you want your sons or daughters you to defend your home or family? Its the same way with our LORD. In First Peter it states, "To every man (person), an answer for the faith that lies within you" (1 Peter 3: 15). Know what we believe and why we believe it. This is one of the things God wants us to do; give reason for faith.
There are many battle cries in scripture: Joshua's, "as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD"; David's, "Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil"; Isaiah's "those who wait upon the LORD will rise up on the wings of the Eagle", just to name a few. There is something about hearing God's sound bytes that puts us in a "zone", to use today's vernacular, that establishes our purpose; it makes the objective attainable.
When I was in college, ok junior college, one of the courses I had to take was Biology. It was brutal, at least learning the chemistry part. The test that was coming up would make me or break me. Some kids from the youth group I was sponsoring at my church, invited me to see, "Godspell". The song, "Prepare Ye the Way", really struck a chord with me. I memorized the song and sang it to myself while studying for the test. I even sang the song (quietly to myself, did not want to offend the entire class with my adding notes to the song where they didn't belong), when I took the test. I got an A. With the song running through my head, I was able to recall the answers I needed to obtain the goal. The song merely became a catalyst for me to reach the goal I had set before me. How much more will our Papa bless us just by calling on His word in our lives?
If you are a Christian, use the battle cries the Lord gives you when faced with adversity. Gain strength, wisdom, courage from them, to face the task ahead of you. If you are not, here's one that is a sure-fire-can't-miss, "those who call upon the name of the LORD will be saved".