Confidence in the Help of the Lord
Psalm 60:11-12 “Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies.” (NIV)
I love David, the man, because he was always between a rock and a hard place in his life. Like the rest of us, some of this was self-inflicted, and some the product of God and circumstances. But we all must recognize with our spiritual minds that God never judges us on what comes into our lives, but only on how we respond to it. Now this is the critical point for the spirit-filled man or woman of God when facing the hard points of this life, to know that if we are to overcome them, we must have our confidence placed in God and not men. Only God is faithful at all times, in all ways, in all things, to deliver us through the storm.
Confidence in God is developed when we trust him at the extremity of our life with all that we are and have, and he takes us through the storm, allowing us to know with certainty: God will do what he has promised. When God provides the victory, our confidence in his promised help of intervention will soar to the absolute limit. In Psalm 60, we find that most likely Edom invaded Israel while David was fighting kingdoms to the north (2 Samuel 8). David never panics out of fear or doubt, since he knew with absolute confidence that God would help him no matter what!
Confidence is built into us when we simply trust God at his word, obey his will, and experience his victory in our lives. Always remember, the road map to absolute confidence and peaceful assurance resting in the arms of God is found in our devotional verses:
- Cry out to the Lord for help – “Give us aid against the enemy”
- Don’t doubt God and fear men since men are “clouds without rain” of no help to us at our point of need – “the help of man is worthless”
- Simply reverence God and glean your confidence from him – “with God we will gain the victory”
- Expect God to deliver you through the moment to victory – “he will trample down our enemies”
When this happens, time and time again, your confidence in God will not waver and grow weak. We all must get to the tipping point of faith realized when we practice Hebrews 13:6 in our thinking and doing: “So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’” It doesn’t matter where we are in this life, our God will see us through anything and all things. Recall Annie Johnson Flint’s great poem titled “The Red Sea Place” which ends with these bold words about the Israelites passing through the Red Sea:
In the morning watch, ‘neath the lifted cloud,
You shall see but the Lord alone,
When He leads you from the place of the sea,
To a land that you have not known;
And your fears shall pass as your foes have passed,
You shall no more be afraid;
You shall sing His praise in a better place,
A place that His hand has made.
DEAREST LORD JESUS, MY CONFIDENCE IS IN YOUR HELP AND POWER TO DELIVER ME THROUGH THE STORMS OF LIFE. I CHOOSE TO HUMBLY TRUST AND OBEY YOUR WORD.
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