Does it ever feel like it’s you against the world? It sounds almost childish to say out loud, but most of my life it’s felt like people don’t seem to understand me. They sure don’t like me, pick me or include me. Can you relate? Maybe it’s the reserved introvert inside of me, but I believe loneliness is a tool the enemy uses to keep us afraid and stuck in life. Today we see a beautiful promise of God that speaks right to that need. To Be Still and not fear Trust that God is for you.
We are looking 13 Promises of God to help us overcome fear and be still. Did you find this mid-series? We are in a 40-day Fast to learn how to be still and know God. Go back here and read the intro and keep up with series.
Psalm 118:6 The Lord is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?
The Context of Psalm 118:6
Psalm 118 is a celebration of David finally taking the Kingdom of Isreal as God has promised so many years ago. He pens a song of Praise and Thanksgiving to God who was with him through the long battle.
Some things to know about the context of Psalm 118:6
- David was anointed – to become King one day – as a young boy
- Between David’s anointing and conquest as King were so many trials
- David Fought and killed the Giant Goliath
- When King Saul was in a rage David soothed him
- David formed a beautiful friendship with Johnathan
- There was marriage in the midst of all the chaos
- David was on the run for his life in the wilderness
- For a time he pretended to fight for the enemy just to save his own life
- At age 30 David became King of Isreal
Observations from Psalm 118:6
David’s story is a perfect example of God’s Timing being so different than our own. God had a plan to replace Saul who was not the King he should have been. It seemed as though God would act quickly when He sent the Prophet Samuel to anoint the young shepherd. But then we see that David had a long and difficult wait to become King of Isreal.
Do you ever wonder why God is so slow to act?
Have you ever read the accounts of the Life of David through Samuel, Kings, and Chronicles? Each book shows you how God used the waiting time in David’s life to mold him into a man after God’s own heart.
Waiting time is not Wasted Time with GodWaiting time is not wasted time. God does so much character building during our waiting time. He grows our faith. Honestly, I've seen God move in miraculous ways while waiting. Click To Tweet
When it feels like God has abandoned you to wait, know that God is for you and with you while you wait. Don’t give up because the waiting time is lasting so long. Use the still of the storm to Be still with the Lord.
Application of Psalm 118:6
What would change in your life if you really believed God is for you?
God is on your side. Everyone else in your life might walk out on you, but God is right there rooting for you, holding you up, offering help in every season.
What does it mean that The Lord is for you?
There really is a plan for your life. God has called you and equipped you for something if you are His child. Jesus Christ sits at the Fathers right-hand praying for you, defending you, forgiving you, waiting for you to come boldly before Him in need of help
The Lord is for you, Not against you
This does not mean that life will be easy and trouble free. God doesn’t promise you will have a horde of yes men or even a group of best friends who get you and are for you. But God is for you.
Sometimes it feels like God is against me. Can you relate?
In the midst of the hard times in my life, I was sure God wasn’t even watching. If God was for me, why wouldn’t He step in? Why didn’t He act to help me when I prayed and prayed?
God is for you but He does not take away the free will of men
After time passed, I can see that God was with me. But those hard things depended on more than me.God never takes away the free will of men and men are evil at heart. Humans lie, humans abuse, humans rape, humans cheat, humans betray... God does not. Trust that God is for you to be still and not fear! Click To Tweet
While God did not save me from hard times, He was for me through the hard times
David says the same thing in the Psalm.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is Good, His love endures forever!
From my stress I called upon the Lord; The Lord answered me…
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man…
They pushed me vialently so that I was falling, But the Lord helped me.
The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation
Final Thoughts on Psalm 118:6
How can I say The Lord was for me through all those hard things?
Because they made me stronger and wiser and kinder and prepared me to help others. Through most of those hard things, I pressed into God, prayed harder, dug into the word because it was the only life I had left to cling to. Now there is a real relationship with God.People say Christianity is a crutch for the weak. Well, I am weak and the weak need support. Whoever looked at a lamb man and mocked his crutches? They are critical for healing the brokenness in his body so that one day he can… Click To Tweet
Are you weak and hurting? Do you feel alone or rejected?
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A Prayer to Be still and Know that God is For You
You know what it is like to be despised and rejected, to feel alone in this life. Through every season of your like You trusted God. When all seemed hopeless you did not fear. As you were tortured, persecuted, hunted to be killed, and finally surrendered Your very life on the cross you were still faithful, sinless and yielded to God the Father. Thank you. Such small words, but I am so grateful You showed me how to do this life.
My suffering is nothing compared to Yours but it still feels very real to me. I lay it at Your feet and praise YOu that you are for me. You are on my side through all of this. Help me remember that when the enemy begins to whisper about giving up. I yield this life to You today, my strength comes from You, my joy comes from You and I will glorify Your holy name.