Summary: Praise God for his love and protection from the enemy of my soul!
BEHOLD THE LOVE OF GOD
By Pastor Jim May
Oh how sweet it is to taste victory and to know the feeling of deliverance from the snares of the devil! What Satan meant for good, God has turned around to be a blessing.
Which of us has not had to fight a battle with the devil? Not one can escape his raging fury as he does his best to destroy our eternal soul, but praise God we are still here, and we will not suffer defeat for God is our refuge.
King David had been on the run for a long time from his enemies, especially King Saul. Saul had lost out with God, even consorting with the witch at Endor, instead of seeking after God. The anointing was gone. Ichabod was written across the doorposts of his heart and soul. His days were numbered but he wasn’t going to go away quietly. He would fight for his throne until the last breath left his body.
But the battle was finally done. Saul was dead and now David could rise to be the King that God had anointed him to be. It was at this time that David began to sing his song of victory. His heart was full and his soul was at peace, and he knew that this was the time that he had waited for so long.
Are you facing your enemy right now? Do you feel as though the devil has been chasing you, like a bloodhound on your trail, and you are just staying one short step ahead of him?
Cheer up my friend. Lift up your head! Your redemption draweth nigh! Your victory is assured. The battle is yours. You’re a born again, blood washed, Child of the Most High God and He will not allow you to be destroyed.
God’s love for you knows no bounds. He fills your life with blessings and watches over you as though you were the only person alive who He loved. His every thought is good toward you and God wants to pour out a blessing on you that you can’t contain.
Let’s look at the song of praise that David sang and let’s make it our own anthem of praise to our Great God!
Psalms 18:2-6, "The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears."
David knew the source of his strength! God is David’s foundation and his fortress, and He is mine too. I hope that you think of God as your answer too.
When the enemies of my soul seem to surround me on every side, I run to the Rock! I cast myself upon the Rock of my salvation! Jesus is that Rock. He is my foundation. He is my fortress of strength, power and protection. He is ever by my side, and I pray that I never leave His side.
Oh, sometimes it seems that the enemy just might get the best of me. As I look around I see all of the effects of sin in the heart of man. I see the divorce rate climb as Satan destroys the love between a husband and wife. I see the children as they are left abandoned and hurting in a home without love. I see newborn babies as they are cast aside like so much garbage. I see the heart of man as he continually seeks after nothing but evil.
All of these things and so much more enter into my mind, into my heart and into my spirit and sometimes I wonder, how long Oh Lord? How much longer will you hold back your hand of judgment against mankind and against America? How much more will the innocent have to suffer for the sins of their fathers? How many more souls will have to die and go to a devil’s hell before you come and put a stop to all of this madness?
The sorrow of sin and the pain of death and suffering are almost overwhelming. If it were not for our faith in God and our knowledge that all things are under his control, how terrible this world of sin would be!
My continual cry is, God save my loved ones! Save my friends! Save them all, please God! But I know, even before I pray that not all will come to Christ! The pain of knowing that many of the people I meet on a daily basis, will one day spend eternity in the Lake of Fire is almost more than I can bear! I pray that God never removes the compassion for the “lost”, but I sometimes get to the place where I just have to try to stop thinking about it for a while.