By Watchman | February 23, 2010
“I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.” (Psalm 18:1-3)
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid…Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear…For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord…I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say on the Lord.” (Psalm 27, verses 1, 3, 5, 6, 13, 14.)
Beloved children of God, we will indeed see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. I believe this because we are told in Scripture that that is a reality, and Paul tells us in the 2nd letter to Timothy that ALL Scripture is given by inspiration of God–for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness. Life is difficult right now, but we will soon see the goodness of the Lord. Jobs are lost, money is non-existant in many cases, cupboads are emptying and diseases and ill-health have stricken many, but we will soon see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
If any of you reading this are experiencing any kind of trouble or sorrow, you have probably just expressed (either aloud or in spirit), “Easy for you to say, Lady!” I must tell you that it is NOT easy for me to say. I am in dire trouble and my burdens seem to have no end in sight. But, although it is difficult for me to write about things that are so personal to me, the Lord has shown me that I am not the only one in a stomach-wrenchingly fearful situation, and that it is my duty–no, my privilege–to declare that He is still in control, and that He loves us with a strength of love that is almost incomprehensible to our limited human minds.
The worse things appear to be, the more time I spend studying the book of Psalms. The great king and psalmist David was called in Scripture the “man after God’s own heart”, yet his human-ness, his weaknesses and his great love for the Lord have make me feel much akin to him myself. Like David, I have recently found myself crying out to God:
“My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? Why are You so far from helping me and from the words of my groaning? O My God, I cry in the daytime, but You do not hear; and in the night season, and am not silent.” (Psalm 22:1-2)
Then I read the next Psalm, the beloved 23rd:
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want (i.e: lack for anything). He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me.”
Yes, even King David knew moments of oppression and fear; but, more importantly, he knew that his God would lead him through the shadowed valleys safely, regardless of how impotent he felt or how dreadful his circumstances were. In verse 17 of Psalm 34, he tells us: “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.” David knew that God never promised those who love Him that no fearful times would come, but he also knew that God promised to keep His people safe through the storm: “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:7) He shows his confidence in the Lord’s intervention in Psalm 52, vv 1-3: “…and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by. I will cry out to God Most High, to God who performs all things for me. He shall send from heaven and save me…”
So how do I intend to handle the trouble I am in? I shall continue to praise the name of our Most High God and rejoice in His goodness, His mercy and His word! I will remember that God loves me so much that He gave His only begotten Son, so that I would believe in Him and be freed from sin through the power of His shed blood and inherit eternal life. I will sing songs of praise and thanksgiving to the One who has promised to never leave or forsake me and I will encourage those of you who stand in a similar place to do the same. God loves you. He loves you beyond anything you can ask or think, and He will take your battle in His hand and make it His.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the sadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge. His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; but it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look and see the reward of the wicked.
Because you have made the Lord who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
Says the Lord: “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”