Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 118.6 The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?
Our culture today, and I speak specifically of the United States, has become one of fear. It started with the introduction of the COVID-19 pandemic in the first quarter of 2020 which brought about a society where everyone began separating themselves from everyone else. This has caused many who, in fear, will not go out and help others who are in need. However, in so doing, many will find themselves alone and without the means to make necessities happen. And these necessities may take the form of words of encouragement or simply joy in their lives. We do not have need to fear, for God will protect us from everything, including pandemics. “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust! For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence.” Psalm 91:1-3.
Now, I want to assure everyone that I do take this COVID-19 seriously. I take appropriate precautions to
ensure I do not endanger anyone regarding this pandemic. However, our leadership at times have taken this to a ridiculous level. This has brought about the destruction of many great small businesses which has resulted in a financial crisis for many people. And because of some of the bad decisions made by our leaders, fear has been spread throughout our society. However, we must always remember that our God is a healer. “A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;” Psalm 103:1-3.
But there is another area that people fear, and that is the loss of freedom due to the results of the latest election. Many see the rise of a government-controlled society, basically socialism, which will restrict many freedoms we currently enjoy in this country. They have already attempted to control churches by calling for no more than a handful of people at each service, as well as restricting what can be done in each service. Our new leadership desires to control every aspect of our lives.
However, let us always remember the words David wrote in our focus verse. “The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6. We have no reason to fear as Christians, for the Lord Almighty is on our side. And because of this, we can know that He will always be with us. There is absolutely nothing man can do to us that we cannot trust God to bring us through. “Be gracious to me, O God, for man has trampled upon me; Fighting all day long he oppresses me. My foes have trampled upon me all day long, For they are many who fight proudly against me. When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me? All day long they distort my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil. They attack, they lurk, They watch my steps, As they have waited to take my life.” Psalm 56:6. David is saying that no matter what man says or does, He puts his trust in God, and nowhere else. And because of this, he would not be afraid. And we have that same promise of protection.
I want to encourage everyone in that no matter what, man can do nothing to us that God does not see and protect us through. We should see troubles from man in the same way as David saw it. “The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread?” Psalm 27:1. He is our light and salvation. We have no reason to fear anyone or anything because we can trust Him in all things. Do we trust Him like this? Are we afraid of how people think about us and their reactions to the things we do or say? Are we afraid of what lies ahead? There is no reason to fear when God is our protector. “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me.” Psalm 138:7. No matter what troubles come upon us. God is with us. He will stretch out His right hand and save us. We are His, and there is nothing that can thwart His protection. So no matter what happens, it will not defeat us, for God will not allow it to. So trust Him with all you are, be at peace, and let not this world make you afraid. Remember the words of Jesus when He said, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.
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