Posts Tagged ‘Psalm 118:6’

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

 

Endurance: Remaining faithful to God, despite the most difficult times

September 24, 2014

2 Timothy-2--1-4

Recently I thought of the power of a single word:

The power of a single light

Like a cloven tongue of fire

To shatter the darkest night

The word was “endurance,” the subject of a teaching by Dr. Charles Mellette of Christian Provision Ministries in Sanford, NC. The teaching objective was to help believers remain faithful, despite hardship. The focus was on 2 Timothy 2:3-4 (KJV):

Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

He went on to define “endurance” in this way: the ability to follow and trust the Word of God when something difficult takes a long time to resolve. Believers are encouraged to remain faithful to God, despite the most difficult times.

Dr. Mellette shared three “Principles to Build Endurance”:

  1. Choose to accept that God is greater than any person you know:

Romans 8:31-32 makes known this profound truth in the face of opposition:

What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

The Psalmist also declares:

Psalm 118:6

 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

Psalm 27, my favorite psalm that I committed to memory as a teenager and still recall today as a source of great comfort in the midst of the challenging times in which we live, provides this encouragement:

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.

The second point was expressed in this way:

  1. Choose to pray for the right people to be involved with you, not the people whom you necessarily want to be involved with.

He encouraged believers to be aware of people who have the power to influence you, those who exert an overwhelming push in a direction, whether good or bad.

I thought of the exhortation in 1 Corinthians 15:33:

Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

The verse is rendered this way in the Amplified Bible:

Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships (communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners and morals and character.

The teaching closed with this reminder:

     3. Choose to rejoice in the Lord

This final point brought to mind a recent blog entry in which I focused on scriptures related to “joy and rejoicing”:

Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

The New Living Translation puts it this way:

Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!

Paul’s exhortation to rejoice is clear, as the same sentiment is expressed in 1 Thessalonians 5:16:

Rejoice evermore.

These scriptures are simply a reiteration of Psalm 118:24:

This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

As I went over my notes and reflected on the teaching, I recall this original poem which was dedicated to a US retired Army veteran who had served our nation in a most admirable manner:

Endure Hardness as a Seasoned Soldier:

 Take [with me] your share of the hardships and suffering

[which you are called to endure] as a good (first-class) soldier of Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 2:3 (Amplified Bible)

 

Endure hardness as a seasoned soldier, so said Paul.

Be ever steadfast and continue to give your all.

When you heard the call to serve, you were first to enlist.

When you saw the need, you were so willing to assist.

In strength you ran through a troop and leaped over a wall.

 

You confronted every challenge, whether great or small

And aided fellow soldiers when they happened to fall.

Though situations change, never give up but persist.

Endure hardness as a seasoned soldier.

 

The Lord provided and protected through each close call,

So you must finish your race, even if you have to crawl.

Though troubles surround, God promised to be in the midst.

When enemies attack, continue to stand and resist.

Though some may disappoint you, continue to stand tall.

Endure hardness as a seasoned soldier.

 

The Dust to Glory Band closes this blog entry with “Soldier of the Cross.”