“O God, have mercy on me, for people are hounding me. My foes attack me all day long. I am constantly hounded by those who slander me, and many are boldly attacking me. But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. I praise God for what he has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me? They are always twisting what I say; they spend their days plotting to harm me. They come together to spy on me— watching my every step, eager to kill me. Don’t let them get away with their wickedness; in your anger, O God, bring them down.” Psalms 56:1-7 NLT
When we are under the oppression of enemy forces we become downcast and discouraged. We cry out to God for deliverance from our captors and for their defeat. David was facing that very same situation with the Philistines. He knew that His confident hope was God! In his distress he proclaimed his trust in God. Men can say and do whatever they want but God is the One we should fear (have healthy reverence and respect for). Men may afflict our body and try our souls (mind, will, and emotions) but God is the One who has the power to eternally and utterly destroy. “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” Matthew 10:28 NLT
Today, if you are feeling overwhelmed, afflicted, and afraid, just do two things. 1. Put your trust in Jesus
2. Rehearse God's promises (His Word). The battle belongs to the Lord!!
Rev. Curtis Norris