Psalm 18:2-3, 6 “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. . . . In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, and my cry for help before Him came into His ears.”
God is our comforter in times of trial and sorrow. He is our refuge and strength when we feel like we cannot face another trying day. He is our protection when problems get too large for us to handle, and He is our shield and our deliverer. There is no reason for us to be fearful because He is with us at every moment and every turn. He is sovereign. That simply means that he has full knowledge of the problem or sorrow that we are facing, and He is all powerful, nothing is beyond His ability to heal or to restore.
In Psalm 23:1-4 David wrote “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.” David did not say ‘If I get through the valley.’ He said ‘Though I walk through.’ His focus was set on God, not on the shadows, or the depth of his trouble, he was focused only on the Lord Jesus. Are you walking through a rough time wondering if you will ever got through it or not? When God is involved, you will always get through it. The devil may try to tell you that you will not make it, but God says you will. Trust Him, obey Him. And then watch to see what He will do on your behalf. Adversity teaches us the importance of obeying God. There is one principle that is foundational to every area of our Christian life, obey God, and He will guide you through the stormy times to a place of great blessing. This may or may not include material blessing. The real blessings of God can rarely be counted because He places them within our hearts. There is no eternal value that we can assign to the eternal love of God, the overflowing goodness of His mercy and His grace, and His compassion that engulfs us and holds us secure and close whenever the winds of adversity blow hard against us. Obey God and you will know what it means to walk in the light of His eternal love and grace.
Notice what David writes in Ps. 18:29-30 “With Your help I can advance against a troop; with my god I can scale a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.” God is our very present help in times of trouble. There is a mind-set in our world that tells us as long as we are doing good things, God will bless us. The devil wants to derail by telling us that God really does not care where we end up. He wants us to think that the entire world is God’s ministry, and whatever we choose to do is ok with God. Of course we know that is not the way God operates. If there is a question about anything in your life, just ask the Lord to show you through His Word what His will is for you.