When it comes to warfare prayers, Psalm 18 beautifully articulate the feelings of David calling on God to be His rock and fortress and deliverer. Substituting my name in challenging circumstances and this Psalm read out loud make me feel better. With regard to our enemies, verses 16-18 read, “He sent out His arrows and scattered the foe, lightnings in abundance, and He vanquished them. He sent from above, He took me; He drew me out of many waters. He delivered me from my strong enemy. From those who hated me, for they were too strong for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.”
For verse 14, the New American Standard Bible translates, “He sent out His arrows and scattered them, and lightning flashes in abundance, and routed them.” The footnote notes that “routed” literally means “confused.” I find this an interesting strategy point. I have heard many prayer warriors ask God to confuse their enemies. Maybe they are referencing Psalm 18.
After a “routing” of our enemies, it is often time to get back on track and continue on our life’s journey. By adding an “e” to rout, the new word is route. Life is a journey along a path that can be called our route. All routes contain obstacles. Like David does in Psalm 18, we can call upon God to rout our enemies, confuse them, and scatter them. Then we continue on in the life course God has for us. “The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Thy lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting; Do not forsake the works of Thy hands.” Psalm 138:8