16 Who will rise up for me against the evildoers?
Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
17 Unless the Lord had been my help,
My soul would soon have settled in silence.
18 If I say, “My foot slips,”
Your mercy, O Lord, will hold me up.
19 In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.
In the struggles of the Psalmists we understand our lives. Often these men did not know what to do nor how to respond to their enemies. Each of us has had enemies we did not understand. What did we do to turn them against us? Why were they so hateful toward us? What could we do to protect ourselves? In this Psalm we see that in the face of our enemies, those who work iniquity against us, who attack our character and who malign our name, God is going to be our help. This first thought is the first thought we too must have. My life is under God’s protection and He is going to be my most effective help against my enemies.
When the Lord is our help we do not have to settle in the silence of defeat. No, we go forward with God on our side instead of retreating into defeated silence. Our enemies would like to run over us over and over again. Our silence encourages their aggression. When God intervenes we do not have to become their door mat but instead we stand up in God’s strength and in His love against those who attack us. We stand on God’s truth and leave the results to Him.
When our feet slip, when we are insecure in difficult situations, God’s mercy is there and holds us up. This is not an if-its-to-be-its-up-to-me attitude but an it’s-in-God’s-hands attitude. We are in God’s hand and He bears us up if we stub our foot against a stone. He has promised to carry us through for He is our Father we are His children. Just as we carried Jared through Starved Rock State Park through the rain because he needed us to do so, God carries us when we need Him to do so. It is His mercy at work.
Then, when anxiety takes over with a multitude of anxious thoughts within us, God’s comforts delight our soul and melt away the anxieties. God has every ability to protect us, to keep us from falling and to renew our minds. Turn to Him, turn away from those people and thoughts that are against you, and find His comforts delighting your soul. (Who said that this book, the Bible, is old and irrelevant? We see ourselves all the way through this 2700 year old Psalm.)
This morning was “See you at the pole.” There were 44 kids at the Waubonsie Valley High School flag pole before school singing and praying and praising the Lord. Pray for these students to band and bond together for Christ as lights in their school.
Tonight is our prayer time and Bible study. Kids4Truth and youth group also start at 7:00. Join us for this all important time of encouragement, edification, and prayer.
Have a great day in the Lord,