Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Meeting in the Meadow: God Is For You, Part 1
God Is For You, Part 1
This I know, that God is for me. Psalm 56:9
When David wrote Psalm 56 it was at a time of great difficulty. He was pressed between two enemies. As though in a vise, he was being squeezed by Saul from one side and by the Philistines from the other. At this time, David had no great army to rescue him and he sat on no royal throne. In the midst of this great pressure, David kept his trust in the One who could save him and deliver him from all his fears. We discover the foundation of David’s faith when he declares in verse four, “In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me?”
How could David make such a bold and confident statement in the midst of such adversity? The ninth verse of this Psalm gives us the answer. David could trust in God to save him because he knew that God was for him. As we face adversities from the enemy and difficulties in life, it is vital for each of us to know some key things about God’s character and our relationship with Him. One of these vital keys is found in the word “knowing.”
“Knowing” does not mean “I hope so”, “I think so” or “I pray so.” It means far more than knowing something in your head as you would know various facts or trivia. It means to be absolutely, positively, convinced about something with all your mind, all your heart, and all your soul. It means to be so certain of something that you are willing to cast all your care, all your worry, all your fears, and your very life upon it.
Thankfully, as God’s children, we don’t have to guess or make up something about God’s true thoughts toward us. One way the enemy can defeat us is to deceive us. He tells us lies with the hope that we will believe them. He will tell you that God is against you. He will try to persuade you that God is not your friend, but your enemy. If you believe this lie you will doubt God’s love and care for you. If you doubt God’s love and care, you will not be able to put your complete trust in Him.
David’s Psalm was familiar to Paul when he wrote, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:28-31
God wants you to know with all certainty that He is for you. When you get up in the morning, He is for you; when you get stuck in traffic, He is for you; when you are under a deadline at work, He is for you; when people misunderstand you or say unkind things about you, He is for you; when the enemy says you’re finished and you’ll never make it, He is for you. When there are problems and when there is pain, God is for you. When things are changing and times are uncertain, God is for you. When needs are pressing and answers are perplexing, God is for you.
God is for you. Count on it! Believe it! Act like it! Live like it! Trust like it! Rejoice like it! Know it…because He really, truly, absolutely, positively, is for you!
©2017,2009 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow. Used with permission.