The Scriptures are all powerful in breaking down strongholds, raising up those who are pressed down, and guiding us into experiencing the Lord’s victory over all things. In this segment we set forth a series of subjects with appropriate Scriptures that strengthen faith, and lead to overcoming in the Lord.
Subject areas will be changed regularly, and previous scriptural readings and commentaries may be accessed by clicking different weeks in the calendar below.
Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You in the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. Ps:19-20.
To fear God is to revere him, to obey Him, and to trust Him. When you display your reverence and trust of Gods faithfulness before your fellow man, He will draw you into His abiding presence, and keep you safe from the evil plots of those under the control of Satan.
But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, You are my God. My times are in Your hand; deliver me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me. Ps 31:14-15.
Revelation 12:11 says, And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. In this reading we have an example in Davids testimony of his belief and trust in God, a testimony that breaks the power of Satan, and paves the way for Gods victory to be manifested. His belief that his times were in Gods hands, is an affirmation that he was in Gods keeping, and no one could snatch him out of Gods hands before Gods timing.
Oh, love the Lord, all you His saints! For the Lord preserves the faithful, and fully repays the proud person. Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Ps 31:23-24.
To hope in a spiritual sense is to have an assurance of Gods faithfulness to preserve those who love Him, and trust in His faithful care and protection. He shall strengthen your heart assures us that He will remove anxiety and fear, things that also have an adverse effect on the health of our physical hearts.
You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; will guide you with My eye.
There are two parts to this reading, the first, Davids prayer of praise and worship, and the second, Gods encouraging response.
Not all Christians realise that spiritually we are in Jesus Christ in God. Jesus prayed, , that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us. John 17:.21. When by faith we adopt that spiritual position, God becomes to us a fortress, a hiding place, a safe refuge from all of Satans attacks directed at is. David realises this, and retreats into the safety of Gods presence.
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous;s and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! P32:10-11.
This reading does not say that the righteous person shall not suffer tribulation and sorrows, but that in all of his circumstances Gods mercy shall be upon him, a surety of Gods loving presence and help to overcome.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. Ps 34:19.
Surely in a flood of great waters they shall not come near him. You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Ps 32:6-7.
A flood of great waters suggests being threatened by many calamitous attacks that endanger his life. David is confident that God will shelter him in His abiding presence, and God will encourage Him and strengthen his faith by directing songs of deliverance into his spirit.
Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy, to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Ps 33:18-19. Ps 33:18-19.
To fear God is to revere His almightiness to the degree that we choose to believe in Him, and to obey His will for us, trusting in His working in our circumstances. To hope in His mercy and trust in His invincible power to deliver us from the threat of death, is to have an assurance that this will happen. Famine is used as an example of any kind of death threat.
Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. For our heart shall rejoice in Him, because we have trusted in His holy name. Psalm 33:20-21.
To be prepared to wait on God for an answer to prayer, leads to having a quietness and trust that is pleasing to God. On the other hand, to lose patience leads to engaging in fleshly efforts to make things happen, causing God to step back and leave us to our own devices.
To trust in His holy name is to have a complete assurance in His attributes, and His devotion to deliver us from all calamities.
I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him and were radiant, and their faces were not ashamed. Psalm 34:4-5.
David encourages us with a testimony to Gods faithfulness.
They looked to Him - means all those who look to God for deliverance will not be ashamed or disappointed, their faces reflecting their rejoicing.
The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Psalm 34:7-8. Psalm 34:7-8.
Those who are diligent in their commitment to the Lord must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God. Acts 14:22. We are engaged in a spiritual battle against Satan and his demon spirits who constantly oppose our spiritual growth and commitment. Peter warned us, to be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8-9. Our reading is a comfort to those who are being buffeted by Satan, in that we are not alone in this conflict, for God has appointed His mighty angels to guard us round about and keep us.
And give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favour is for life; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Ps 30:4-5. Ps 30:4-5.
Sometimes God removes His hedge of protection, leaving us vulnerable to Satans attacks. This is not because God is angry with us, but He does all for our good, opening the door to our repentance and deeper commitment. Often it seems that there is no end to our suffering, but in this reading we are assured that times of recovery and refreshment are ahead.
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