Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Lord is On Our Side

(A Song of Ascents, of David.) "Had it not been the LORD who was on our side," Let Israel now say, "Had it not been the LORD who was on our side, When men rose up against us; Then they would have swallowed us alive, When their anger was kindled against us; Then the waters would have engulfed us, The stream would have swept over our soul.” Psalm 124:1-4

Do you need assurance that the Lord is on your side? My husband and I went through an intense period of testing. We own a business and have tried to conduct ourselves with God honoring integrity. We spend very little on advertising because we had a very strong “word of mouth” satisfied customer base.

We were so disheartened when we encountered someone who absolutely could not be satisfied with any of our efforts. They were determined to take us to court. It went beyond a legal entanglement to a personal vendetta. From the words of their own mouth they, “Wanted to destroy us.” In the world’s ledger it was heavily weighted on their side, and to tell you the truth for a moment we seemed like, “grasshoppers in our own eyes.” Numbers 13:33

God taught us so many spiritual truths during that painful period. The most valuable lesson to me was the power of silence. His word to me was, "The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent." Exodus 14:14 A mouth that is constantly rehearsing the problem and telling others is rarely a heart whose trust is firmly fixed on the Lord. Constant rehearsal of the problem also allows the strife to enter into your spirit. Our pride wants to be vindicated, but a humble heart is satisfied that God knows the truth and will be our vindicator. 1 Peter 2:23 tells us that Jesus left us an example. When He was threatened He was silent and kept entrusting Himself to the One who judges righteously. Following His example we experienced the freedom spoken of in Psalm 124, “Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper.

God brought us through that period to a victorious end in the courts and in our hearts. We could proclaim with David “The snare is broken and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.”
You may not be involved in a legal battle, but all of us are going to face conflict. It is very tempting to tell everything and get people on “our side.” Let’s remember our Lord’s example and entrust ourselves to the One who is already there.

MY PRAYER: Lord, thank you that your name is our strong tower. Help us to remember that you are the maker of heaven and earth and you are on our side. Thank you for going before us and leaving us an example. I always wanted a big brother and you have exceeded all my expectations

MY CONFESSION: The Lord will fight for me while I keep silent. I will follow Your example. I stand on Your Word!

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