God Our Great Protector

Sam Petitfils

“The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them; but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.”  Psalm 37:12-13

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by enemy forces that seem to surround you?  Sometimes it seems we will be swallowed whole by them or by life itself, especially when we’re outnumbered.  But God’s math does not resemble mans.

I once heard a fine preacher say, “God and you are a majority.”  He was correct.  As Christians, we should not be terrified by our opponents (Philippians 1:28).  We should not allow them to intimidate us, scare us, or terrify us.  You and God are a majority.  The Apostle Paul writes “if God is for us, who can be against us” (Romans 8:31).

The 37th Psalm was written to those who felt helpless against towering opponents.  They plot our demise and think they can rid the world of us.  They sometimes even try to physically harm us (verse 14), but that sword can never take direct aim without God’s permission.  In fact, it often destroys the destroyer (verse 15).

David reminds us that our little is better than our enemy’s abundance (verse 16).  Our steps are ordered by the Lord (verse 23), and God will prevent our stumbling (verse 24).  We need to trust in God and delight in Him and He will give us the desires of our heart (verse 4).  When we turn our case over to the Lord, He will not allow defeat to overtake us.  He will act (verse 5) and eventually vindicate us (verse 6).  One day He will exalt us (verse 34) and God guarantees our future (verse 37).

Application

1.  Remember that this world is not our home, we are just passing through (the words of an old song).  Many adverse things happen to us in this life that we don’t understand.  Wait for God’s vindication and response.  He will defend His own people and judge righteously.

2.  Avoid angry reactions (verse 8).  We will want to lash out at our oppressors or enemies, but we must resist that.  That’s God’s role and He knows how to right wrongs.  But when we respond angrily, we say and do things that only defile us and make matters worse.

3.  Learn to value this world less.  James boldly declares that the friends of this world are enemies of God (James 4:4).  But there’s a benefit to not valuing this world so much, we won’t face as much disappointment when have less of this world.  Most people get depressed over matters that pertain only to this life.  But God has promised us riches beyond human description in the next life, and that’s where our hearts should be (Colossians 3:1).

 

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