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I trust in God. What can man do?

May 30, 2017

Psalm 56--4

In the midst of the tempestuous times in which we live, when we are beset on every hand by circumstances that increase our stress levels, we receive strength and comforted by the words of the Psalmist from the Verse of the Day for May 30, 2017:

Psalm 56:4 (Message Bible):

[A David Psalm, When He Was Captured by the Philistines in Gath] Take my side, God—I’m getting kicked around, stomped on every day. Not a day goes by but somebody beats me up; they make it their duty to beat me up. When I get really afraid I come to you in trust. I’m proud to praise God; fearless now, I trust in God. What can mere mortals do?

Addition verses in the Psalms echo the same viewpoint:

Psalm 56:11 (NKJV):

In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

Psalm 118:6 (NKJV)

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

The words found in the Psalms resound in Hebrews 13:5-6 where the bold declaration of what God has said precedes the closing question of the passage:

Hebrews 13:5-6 (Amplified Bible)

5Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

6So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?

This passage brings to mind the lyrics to the powerful hymn of the Christian Church “How Firm a Foundation.” The last stanza reinforces the message of the passage from Hebrews which echoes the same sentiments of Psalm 56:4 in a particularly profound way:

“The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never, forsake!”

The passage from Hebrews also serves as the introduction to this poetic exhortation:

 “This We Know Is True”

Hebrews 13:5-6

 

God says, “I will never, never, never leave you.”

“All those called by My name I will never forsake.”

Despite all that befalls us, this we know is true.

 

To do His will we do whatever it may take.

The Word of God encourages us to speak boldly:

“All those called by name I will never forsake.”

 

We walk by faith beyond anything we can see.

Since God is our helper, we say, “We will not fear.”

The Word of God encourages us to speak boldly:

 

Though He may seem far away, He is always near.

We will not covet anything: We are content.

Since God is our helper, we say, “We will not fear.”

 

When fiery trials press us to the fullest extent,

We rest in the Word of God, in absolute trust.

We will not covet anything: We are content.

 

We rest in the Word of God, in absolute trust.

God says, “I will never, never, never leave you.”

We rest in the Word of God, in absolute trust.

Despite all that befalls us, this we know is true.

 

Psalm 56 is set to music by Jon Micah Sumrall

 

We will not fear: What can man do?

January 11, 2017

 

psalm-118-5-6

During times of intense discouragement and distress, as believers we need words of encouragement to assure us that we will get through the challenging circumstances we face each day. Taken from the Amplified Bible Classic Edition, the Verse of the Day for January 11, 2017 provides such a reservoir of assurance from which we can draw strength and comfort that God is with us:

Psalm 118:5-6 (AMPC):

Out of my distress I called upon the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free and in a large place. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?

Similar words found in Deuteronomy 31:6, 8 (AMPC) reinforce this message:

6 Be strong, courageous, and firm; fear not nor be in terror before them, for it is the Lord your God Who goes with you; He will not fail you or forsake you.
8 It is the Lord Who goes before you; He will [march] with you; He will not fail you or let you go or forsake you; [let there be no cowardice or flinching, but] fear not, neither become broken [in spirit—depressed, dismayed, and unnerved with alarm].

The profound truth that God has promised that He will never leave nor forsake those who trust in Him and call upon His name reverberates throughout the scriptures. This message is especially well expressed in Hebrews 13:5-6 in the Amplified Bible where a footnote connects verse 6 with Psalm 118:6:

5 Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]
6 So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?

Kenneth Wuest’s Word Studies in the Greek New Testament emphatically reinforces the truth that God will not forsake His children in this translation of Hebrews 13:5-6:

Let your manner of life be without love of money, being satisfied with your present circumstances. For He Himself has said, and the statement is on record, I will not, I will not cease to sustain and uphold you, I will not, I will not, I will not let you down. So that being of good courage, we say, The Lord is my helper. I will not fear. What shall man do to me?

While reflecting on these verse, the lyrics to the familiar hymn “How Firm a Foundation” also come to mind and further reiterate the message of this passage from Hebrews, especially the last stanza:

“The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never, forsake!”

Previously, a most remarkable sunesis or coming together of rivers of understanding, occurred in my mind that overflowed with inspiration to compose this poem:

This We Know Is True

Hebrews 13:5-6

God says, “I will never, never, never leave you.”
“All those called by My name I will never forsake.”
Despite all that befalls us, this we know is true.

To do His will, we do whatever it may take.
His comforting words encourage, and we now see:
“All those called by name I will never forsake.”

We walk by faith beyond anything we can see.
Since God is our helper, we say, “We will not fear.”
His comforting words encourage, and we now see.

Though He may seem far away, He is always near.
We will not covet anything: We are content.
Since God is our helper, we say, “We will not fear.”

When fiery trials press us to the fullest extent,
We rest in the Word of God, in absolute trust.
We will not covet anything: we are content.

We rest in the Word of God, in absolute trust.
God says, “I will never, never, never leave you.”
We rest in the Word of God, in absolute trust.
Despite all that befalls us, this we know is true.

The ever-popular hymn “How Firm a Foundation” is offered by Sovereign Grace Music to remind us of God’s ever-abiding presence.

Never, no never, no never forsake

January 11, 2015

Psalm 118--5-6

The Verse of the Day for January 11, 2015 found in Psalm 118:5-6 (New Living Translation):

In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free. The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?

Psalm 56:11 (NLT) also offers similar expressions as to why there should be no fear when it comes to our relationship with God.

I trust in God, so why should I be afraid?
What can mere mortals do to me?

I recall the lyrics to the song “I Must Tell Jesus”: “In my distress he promised to help me.” God offers assurance that when His people call on Him that He will answer. The Bible is full of examples of individuals who called upon the Lord in distress, and He came to their rescue. Jacob, for example, learned the truth regarding God’s response to his praying to God when he was in great distress because his brother, Esau, was pursuing him in order to kill him. Genesis 35:3 records what Jacob said as he is returning to Bethel years after his first encounter with God in that sacred place:

We are now going to Bethel, where I will build an altar to the God who answered my prayers when I was in distress. He has been with me wherever I have gone.”

Recall the encouraging words spoken to the Children of Israel in Deuteronomy 31:6:

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

A most remarkable illustration is Peter for whom a company of believers prayed for when he was in prison, a place of great distress. That account in Acts 12 inspired this poetic expression whereby we can apply the Word of God to our own lives:

Like Peter in Prison

Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made

without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

Acts 12:3

Like Peter in prison we wait for the new day.

In dark times the ray of hope has never been more dim,

But we see that God Almighty always makes a way:

He sent an angel of the Lord to rescue him,

And the same God that rescued Peter cares for you and me.

The mighty warrior who has never known defeat

Always triumphs and moves from victory to victory,

For the good work that He began He will complete.

Prison gates opened; Peter walked into the street

And returned to find the saints praying for relief

From the yoke of bondage that imprisoned the man.

Though they prayed fervently, they were prayed in unbelief.

Rhoda said, “He’s here,” but they ridiculed the woman.

When Peter arrived, they could not believe their eyes.

Surrounded by fear and doubt they did not realize

Not even prisons can deter God’s perfect plan.

God is faithful to each promise—His Word is true.

Be assured that He will also come to our rescue.

The Scriptures reinforce the truth that God has promised that He will never leave nor forsake those who trust in Him and call upon His name. This message is especially well expressed in Hebrews 13:5-6 in the Amplified Bible:

Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]

So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?

The last verse of “How Firm a Foundation” rings in my ears as I read this passage from Hebrews 13:5-6:

“The soul that on Jesus hath lean’d for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!”

The ever-popular hymn is offered by Sovereign Grace Music to remind us of God’s ever abiding presence.