Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.” Psalm 56:1. We as God’s people are hated by the wicked world. They use the evils and sinful distractions of this world to tempt us into sinning with them. The wicked despise to see God’s children striving to live holy lives. We as God’s people must show by our very walk of life that we are different from the world. We must refrain from joining the world in their sinful pleasures of drama, drinking, and lusts. The wicked are always looking for some way to get the godly into trouble. The devil uses the tactics of the wicked of the earth to try to draw God’s people to himself. He wants to take us from our Lord. The wicked will in their sly and sneaky ways try to destroy even our very lives. If God would allow them to do so, they would. However, God faithfully keeps His people to Himself. Ultimately the devil is trying to do us harm and to take away our souls. “They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.” Psalm 56: 6.
By the grace of God and in His strength alone do we fight off these physical and spiritual enemies. So often we think that we must face our trials and tribulations on our own and battle our earthly foes by our own strength. But, God who is more mighty than all creatures controls and governs our entire life. He will fight for us and through Him we will overcome the wicked. He sovereignly reigns over all things and we are confident that God will continually care for us. In God alone do we put our trust for He shall guide us through all. “In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.” Psalm 56: 10. He shall keep us through what evils and trials the wicked set before us. Our God will keep us from falling into the plots of the devil and his demons even when they try so hard to coerce us into their nets.
Our lives are in God’s eternal counsel. He shall remain our constant help throughout our whole lives. In this great comfort we must praise and magnify our God. Let us always remember that God watches over us in all situations of life and will keep us even in the hour of affliction and persecution. He shall give grace sufficient for us to bear our burdens and to fight the wiles of the devil and his followers. Thanks be to God! ♦