(Judges 5) – The Song of Deborah
Specifically in the last two stanzas (24-31), we see a poem of celebration for the victory won over Sisera and his army.
It recounts the work of Jael, killing Sisera with a tent peg after bringing him into her tent and lulling him to sleep.
It also imagines the thoughts of Sisera’s mother as she waits for her son to come home from war. He never came home.
War is hard. Even when there are things happening that we can celebrate (like a glorious victory), there are also things happening that we should mourn.
I honestly don’t know if the tone of the song is meant to mourn the mother’s loss or mock her as she waits needlessly for someone not coming home.
I’m hopeful that it’s the first.
Having said that, the prayer of verse 31 is the focus for me today.
Simply put, the prayer was for God’s enemies to die, and for His friends to thrive. Another way to pray this same type of thing is to pray for God’s kingdom to advance.
“”So may all your enemies perish, O Lord! But your friends be like the sun as he rises in his might.” And the land had rest for forty years.”
The rest received because of this victory seems to be the major thing being celebrated.
But this rest won’t last forever. The cycle will continue as it has because the people forgot the Lord and His deliverance.