A Bulwark Never Failing
by Ray Harmer
David knew what it was like to live in a wicked world. We mistakenly think our current age is worse. According to the Bible, this world has long been with problems. Read Psalm 141 with today in mind. You will find it sounds as if David were watching the news in our recliners! “Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity” (Ps. 141:9). The future, according to the naysayers, appears as an ominous storm cloud. It is easy to be sucked up in the hustle, bustle and madness of these times, but our faith must remain in God.
If we do not believe that Satan is the author of evil then we fool ourselves. In 2 Cor. 4:4 Satan is referred to as “…the god of this world….” Notice not ‘the God’ but, the god. The devil is ruler of this evil worldly system we live in, but God is still ruler of the Universe. God has not relinquished anything. Had this earth remained the way God intended, we would be living in Paradise. It is stunningly obvious we are not in Paradise and this world is not our home (as Christians). Jesus says, we are not of the world, even as He is not of the world (Jo. 17:16).
If we are not careful, we lose a proper perspective. One cannot listen/read the daily news and not their Bible. It makes for uneven scales. Too much of the former will dilute the latter. After surviving the daily enfilade, we need to run to Scripture for our daily bread. Let us see what Scripture sayeth in regard to these troublesome times. David possessed and utilized the key. “LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee…But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute” (vs.1,8).
God promises He is with us (Mt. 28:20). Furthermore, “The angel of the LORD emcampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them” (Ps. 34:7). Let us not allow the purveyors of doom and our enemies to shape our existence; but rather, let God’s Word mold us. Let Him be God. He is fully capable. “There were they in great fear, where no fear was: for God hath scattered the bones of him that encampeth against thee: thou hast put them to shame, because God hath despised them” (Ps. 53:5). Think of it, we are not protecting the perimeter, but are enjoying the safety of the camp by those that do (vs.7). Like David, every believer possesses the key-we just need to turn it (pray and believe God for an answer). Is there anything too hard for the Lord (Jer. 32:27)? Luther had Him in mind when he wrote, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.” Hallelujah!