Through the Word in 2020 / March 15 – The Lord is our strength

We are reading the Bible through together this year, using the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan published by the Navigators. You can download it free of charge from:

Today’s 4 readings are: Matthew 26-1-16; Romans 9:19-33; Psalm 62, Deuteronomy 1-3.

There is no question that David’s circumstances were far different than ours in this Psalm. But there is also no question that the God he was crying out to here is not in any wise different, but in every way the same. And so it is the same things David relies upon here, are equally the province of every true Believer. Both in the face of adverse circumstances, like the current distresses brought on by the Corona virus crises, and especially, in terms of facing the attacks of our greatest enemy – indwelling sin.

Psalm 62:1–12 (ESV): For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.

How necessary is the reminder to speak to our own souls to remain quiet and un-agitated as we look to our God for our salvation on all fronts.

2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.

He does not say he (nor we) will not be shaken at all, but that he will not be GREATLY shaken. He sees his trials as relative considering his status before his God.

Only when as Believers we completely put our trust only in Him to comfort us and to fight for us against our sins, and abide with us in our trials will we know the victory He plans for us. Until we come to truly realize that He ALONE is our rock, that He ALONE is our safety and fortress – no technique, program, exercise or system – but Him ALONE, will we find true deliverance.

3 How long will all of you attack a man
to batter him,
like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
4 They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.
They take pleasure in falsehood.
They bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse. Selah

So once again, after enumerating some of his opposition, David brings himself back to remember –
5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
6 He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
7 On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.

And so he takes the very thing with which he comforts himself and appeals to us now to do the same –
8 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah

He reminds us that neither wealth nor poverty make any difference in these matters. All that matters is trusting our God.
9 Those of low estate are but a breath;
those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.

And we might add to his admonition here, put no trust in Governments, in Science, in experts, in theories, in the media, or pundits from any side of any aisle –
10 Put no trust in extortion;
set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, set not your heart on them.

Here is the sum! Power belongs to God. Power over sin. Power over disease. Power over economies. Power over every circumstance and condition. We are to look to the One who alone has true power. Human power in the face of such things is a mere, egotistical illusion.
11 Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
12 and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
For you will render to a man
according to his work.

Our good, holy, just, loving and all wise God will carry us, and bring all of life to its proper conclusion in due time.

Trust Him child of God. If He gave His only Son for your soul’s salvation – what won’t He do for you?

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