Bible Ballistics: BBs #172 When I Am Afraid, What???
I have just a brief post for today. My heart is grieved for the things I/we see going on around us. I see division, strife, disagreement, unkindness, but most grievous to my soul, I see people twisting the Word of God, rejecting the Word of God, or blatantly denying it’s validity for “our world”. Well, all I can say is the same thing we talked about in our article Sunday—God has never, is never, nor will He ever change!!! His Word is the same today as it’s ever been, and man is the same as he has always been—ready, willing and able to reject, defy and ignore God in his own personal life!
I’d like to simply share Psalm 56 with you in its entirety. Because I wrestle with fear, I think you do too. Fear for the future, not my own, because I belong to Jesus and I trust to His perfect sovereign control to keep me in His power, but the future for those whom I love who refuse to take heed:
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and my Father are one.” John 10:28-30
I am His and He is mine, and as Jesus said in Matthew 7, every good tree brings forth good fruit—yet as I bear His good fruit in these dark and evil days, it isn’t welcome fruit. But we must ‘fear not’!! David reminds us of the beauty and confidence of trusting and resting in God, even in the midst of the storm! Especially in the midst of the storms around us now!!! Take courage, press on and bear His fruit.
“Be merciful unto me, O God:
for man would swallow me up;
he fighting daily oppresseth me.
2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up:
for they be many that fight against me,
O thou most High.
3 What time I am afraid,
I will trust in thee.
4 In God I will praise his word,
in God I have put my trust;
I will not fear
what flesh can do unto me.
5 Every day they wrest my words:
all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6 They gather themselves together,
they hide themselves,
they mark my steps,
when they wait for my soul.
7 Shall they escape by iniquity?
in thine anger cast down the people, O God.
8 Thou tellest my wanderings:
put thou my tears into thy bottle:
are they not in thy book?
9 When I cry unto thee,
then shall mine enemies turn back:
this I know; for God is for me.
10 In God will I praise his word:
in the Lord will I praise his word.
11 In God have I put my trust:
I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
12 Thy vows are upon me, O God:
I will render praises unto thee.
13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death:
wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God in the light of the living?”
Amen. May you just trust HIM and praise HIM!!! Today!!!