This verse contains two statements. The first one is when we go out to confront our enemies, and the second tells us that God is who defeats them. Indeed we exit the peace and balance of our consciousness in order to “go out” to face issues, situations and people that in one way or another disturb our peace and balance. This seems to be the predicament of our lives on a daily basis amid ego's fantasies and illusions in the material world.
The more you have, the more you are respected; the more you act out of fashion's trends, the more you are emulated; the more unreal you are, the more admired you are. These fantasies and illusions, derived from ego's materialistic desires, are the inner and outer enemies that we must to fight as we go out into the world.
In this process the only reality that exists, God's Love as our true essence, fights our wars against the illusions we deal with every moment, day in and day out. God delivers our enemies as long as He dwells with us, within our consciousness, and the only way to have Him with us is by creating a space for Him.
Our Sages say that “God doesn't dwell with the proud because he is full of himself”, and he is not willing to make room for God neither in his consciousness or his heart. This means that when one doesn't want to embrace His ways and attributes, he rather lives in ego's illusions.
God is sacred and He wants us to be sacred to Him, so He may dwell in us to fight our enemies.
“For the Lord, your God, goes along in the midst of your camp, to rescue you and to deliver your enemies before you. [Therefore] your camp shall be holy, so that He should not see anything unseemly among you and would turn away from you.” (23:15)
Let's be mindful that God is not separated from us, we separate from Him; and it's up to us to be the sacred people He wants us to be. Let's also be aware that our choice benefits us, not Him. God is the blessing in the “camp” of our life, and defeats the curse we find in the negative aspects of consciousness as well as in the material reality.
We learn to know Him through His Torah, which “its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace.” (Proverbs 3:17) and Torah's paths are God's paths. The Torah shows us how He relates with us and His Creation, and we learn that through our daily Torah study in order to be able to confront the darkness of material illusions (see our previous commentaries on Parshat Ki Teitzei: “The Ethics of Love” of August 14, 2010 and “Ethics in Love's Ways and Attributes” of September 4, 2011).
There are times in which we give more credit to what separates us and isolates us than the opposite. We rather trust and bend to lack in ego's fantasies and illusions than embracing the abundance of Love's attributes as our real fulfillment and true happiness.
“[Therefore,] it will be, when the Lord your God grants you respite from all your enemies around [you] in the land which the Lord, your God, gives to you as an inheritance to possess, that you shall obliterate the remembrance of Amalek from beneath the Heavens. You shall not forget!” (Deuteronomy 25:19)
Amalek represents cruelty, abuse, humiliation, mockery and oppression against the weak.
“How he fell upon you on the way and massacred your stragglers, all those who trailed after you when you were faint and spent, and he did not fear God.” (25:18)
Hence we have to take this Commandment one step further by applying it to our own consciousness, because these negative and destructive traits are latent in our discernment, thought, emotions, feelings, passions and instincts.
Thus He will be with us fighting our enemies to settle us permanently in His Promised Land, in the ways of pleasantness and peace.
“For your Master is your Maker, the Lord of Hosts is His Name, and your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, shall be called the God of all the Earth. (…) 'For the mountains shall depart and the hills totter, but My loving kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall the Covenant of My peace totter,' says the Lord who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:5, 10)