Summary: A sermon examining the proper response to those vicious attacks from our Enemy.
How To Respond When The Enemy Attacks
Two weeks ago we saw the largest terror attack on US soil since September 11th 2001. A man who swore allegiance to ISIS walked into a nightclub and killed 49 people while wounding 53 others. Since that day our leaders have seemed to focus on everything except for the real threat.
When you are attacked, it is imperative that you take the proper steps to address the proper enemy. This is true in the Christian life as well. We are often attacked by our scheming adversary... Satan.
The Word of God tells us to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” - 1 Peter 5:8
When Satan does attack, we must be ready to respond. And we must respond appropriately. In Psalm 62 King David is at a point in his life where he is facing a great attack from many enemies. We see a picture of his distress in – 2 Samuel 15:30 And David went up by the ascent of mount Olivet, and wept as he went up, and had his head covered, and he went barefoot: and all the people that was with him covered every man his head, and they went up, weeping as they went up.
David is enduring a revolt that is being led by his own son Absalom. Absalom is seeking to forcefully ascend his father's throne. In a situation like this you may think that David would have been bitter, angry or questioning God… but if you closely examine his response you will find that David uses this occasion to sing praises unto the Lord!
How could David be so positive in a situation like this? How could he praise the Lord when everything was falling apart? Through this Psalm we will see that the King knew exactly "How To Respond When The Enemy Attacks". That is the thought that I would like for us to consider this evening.
There will be times in your life when you face an attack from the enemy. How can you survive? What should you do? When the enemy attacks us we must Wait Patiently, Walk Prayerfully and Worship Passionately. That is exactly how David responded in our text. In verses 1-4 and see that when the enemy attacks we must:
I. WAIT PATIENTLY- v3 How long will ye imagine mischief against a man? ye shall be slain all of you: as a bowing wall shall ye be, and as a tottering fence. 4 They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies: they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.
David says many are coming against him. His enemies sought his life. They saw him as a broken-down wall. Their plan was to remove him from the throne, they were telling lies about him and they were two-faced. Some of the people praised him to his face but spoke against him behind his back. There are some who were loyal to The King and others who were going after Absalom. David’s trusted advisor Ahithophel has betrayed him and joined ranks with Absalom. Also at this point in David’s life Ziba came and falsely accused Mephibosheth of turning on him as well.
Have you ever been there? Have you ever felt that you were all alone in the fight? Have you ever lived through times when it seemed that you couldn’t trust anyone? How should you respond in these times? We are to respond by waiting upon the Lord! - Psalms 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen; I will be exalted in the earth.
It seems that when you are facing difficulty there is always someone present to kick you while you are down. There was a man named Shimei who used this occasion to attack David. 2 Samuel 16:5 ¶And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came. 6 And he cast stones at David, and at all the servants of king David: and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. 7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, thou bloody man, and thou man of Belial: 8 The LORD hath returned upon thee all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose stead thou hast reigned; and the LORD hath delivered the kingdom into the hand of Absalom thy son: and, behold, thou art taken in thy mischief, because thou art a bloody man.