Text: “Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. Through God we shall do valiantly: for He it is that shall tread down our enemies.”
Good morning, delivered and victorious Christian! You and I were in the most profound depths of Spiritual depression, lying, as Elijah once was, under that terrible ‘juniper tree’ of heartache, soul-grief and abject misery.
Today? Why, we are back up on the mountain top of Spiritual joy and steadfastness – praising the Lord God Almighty, Jehovah, for hearing and answering our cries for His Divine help. Hallelujah! What a Saviour! We are Victorious, in the Eternal Victory of King Jesus Christ! All glory to the Lamb, Who is worthy! Amen.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword (war)?” (Romans 8:35)
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, or angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature (including our own selves!), shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 37-39)
Here are the facts of our Bible-believing Christian faith! Here, written under the full inspiration of God the Holy Spirit, is what really counts when you and I find ourselves under any ‘juniper tree’ of Spiritual or temporal depressions. God has said it. We believe it. And in spite of all ill or defeated feelings, we shall completely overcome all oppositions and hindrances to the practice of true, Bible-believing, Born Again, Christianity. Hallelujah! It is faith, not feelings that count when the Spiritual Battle is in full array against us. God IS our defence.
“He only is my Rock and my Salvation: He is my defence; I shall not be moved.” (Psalm 62:6)
Verse 6. “God hath spoken in His holiness. Faith is never happier than when it can fall back upon the promise of God. She sets this over against all discouraging circumstances; let outward providences say what they will, the voice of a faithful God drowns every sound of fear. God had promised Israel victory, and David the kingdom; the holiness of God secured the fulfilment of His own covenant, and therefore the king spake confidently. The goodly land had been secured to the tribes by the promise made to Abraham, and that Divine grant was an abundantly sufficient warrant for the belief that Israel’s armies would be successful in battle. Believer, make good use of this and banish doubts while promises remain.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 266-267)
We mere mortals put great value on a man who ‘says what he thinks, and means what he says, and does what he says he will do, to the very best of his human abilities’. How much more should Spiritually regenerate (born again) Christian believers, value the Word spoken or inspired to be written, by the Lord God Jehovah Himself? The Lord God does not lie!
“God is not a man that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken and shall He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19)
God’s Word is a Supernatural Word, endued with Supernatural power from God Almighty Himself. God speaks, and it is done. God’s Word quickens dead spirits, that we might live Eternally, and become living spirits unto Christ Jesus. God’s Word is His power.
“For the Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
Verse 6. “God hath spoken...I will rejoice. (Or, ‘I will triumph...’) Faith regards the promise not as fiction, but fact, and therefore drinks in joy from it and grasps victory by it. Here is a motto fit for any soldier of the Cross...Let not Canaanitish doubts and legalisms keep thee out of the inheritance of grace.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 267)
Verse 7. “Judah is my lawgiver. To all claims of Rome, or Oxford, or the councils of men, we pay no attention; we are free from all other ecclesiastical rule but that of Christ.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 267)
One of the biggest traits throughout the church world-wide at present is the curse of LEGALISM – professing Christians would run every night to ‘church meetings’, and three times on the Lord’s Day, but just will not open their Bibles and engage in personal Bible studies alone with the Lord, for love nor money! Therefore, IF the Minister, or Pastor, or Church Leader gets it wrong – EVERYBODY GETS IT WRONG. The blind leading the blind comes to mind, and too many today in this increasingly humanistic and anti-Christian age are falling down into that pit of error in doctrine, leading to complete and total unbelief. Just you try to pit Bible Scripture against ‘the politically correct spirit of humanism’, and see how quickly Bible-believing Christians are being savaged by utter Laodiceans!
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the Creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then (a conclusion) because thou art lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spue (vomit) thee out of My mouth.” (Revelation 3:14-19)
Professing Christians, who ARE genuine Christians, need to shun all humanistic teachings - placing mankind at the centre and at the head of all things - and begin to return to the old paths of Bible-belief and trust in the Lord God and His Sovereign power and grace. The Lord Jesus returns soon, all the signs of the times written about in Matthew’s Gospel and the Prophets are hurtling us towards that wonderful and terrible day. Wonderful for the true Christian, terrible indeed for the false professor and those outside Christ’s Kingdom.
“Behold (look and fully understand), I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this Book (The Revelation).” (Revelation 22:7)
Verse 11. “For vain is the help of man. As they had lately experimented in Saul a king of their own choosing, but not able to save them from those proud Philistines.” (John Trapp, 1601-1699)
Thought: Our Eternal Victory is most apparent to the eyes of God-given faith. Rejoice!