Greetings in the name of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
For it is you who light my lamp;
the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
For by you I can run against a troop,
and by my God I can leap over a wall.
This God—his way is perfect;
the word of the Lord proves true;
he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. (Psalm 18:28-30)
God is our source of strength and power. The Lord is our rock and fortress that has never been changed, and will not be changed forever for those who love God because God has no rotating shadow. Although we have gone astray like sheep, God put on our transgressions and sins on Jesus Christ. Through the sacrifice on the cross, our sins are forgiven, and through Him, our broken relationship with God has been restored. Thus, through Him, without any fears, we can approach God.
In Him, there is no darkness at all. He, Himself, is the light, which is the only true light. He lightens our darkness, and shows the way to God. As matter of fact, it is the only way because there is no other way. Thus, we can walk the walk with Jesus without being getting lost as long as fixing our eyes on Jesus Christ, who is the pioneer and perfector of our faith. Through Him, we can be more than sure about our faith, although our physical eyes cannot see. What we can see is temporary, but what we cannot see is eternal. Hebrews Chapter 11 Verse 1 tells “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Thus, we can continue hoping for the things in above with faith, and being convicted about things in Heaven, our Eternal Home, even though we cannot see by our eyes nor touch them with our hands.
“For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” (1 John 5:4)
By faith, we can overcome the world, and we are victorious in Him with Him and by Him. Yes, we confront challenges, hardships, agony and even tribulation, but we can overcome them. God, who are with us, is greater than these, and is mightier than anything that we encounter on earth. Therefore, we, who have been born of God, will surely win over the world, and we will turn out to be more than a conqueror. King David, the author of Psalm 18, had to hide from King Saul, whom David was really royal to. David also had to fled from Absolam, his own son, who rebelled against David, Absolam’s own father, and sent people to kill David. Alsolam was in a real darkness with full of evil. Even so, David did not lose his faith to God. With faith, he was able to rely on God’s word and promise. They were his shield against all threats and dangers, and allowed for him to walk the walk given to him. Thousands were falling left and right, David leaped over a wall with faith. David believed God’s word was true, and His truth would be surely revealed.
David had two almost identical opportunities to kill King Saul, who falsely accused David, and mobilized the whole army to capture and kill David, but he did not do anything on Saul, and he ordered his people not to kill King Saul. On the other hands, for both case, Saul was sleeping sound without knowing David and his people were right next to Saul watching Saul sleeping. David thought about God first, and David relied on God and God’s hand rather than his own. By relying on God’s hand, he leaped over a wall of desire of revenge, and was able to lead his people out of the same temptations repeatedly.
David also gave a strict order to his troop not to harm Absolam, who really tried to kill his own father. When there was a great battle between Absolam’s and David’s armies. In the battle, the Absolam’s army was defeated. When David was told about a news of Absolam’s death, David mourned over his son’s death and made all nation mourn over Absolam’s death. Only when David’s own general persuaded him to stop morning, he turned away from his mourning over his son’s death, and encourage his people. David won every battle in faith of God, and he wrote” by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall”
David continued writing his faith about God:
For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God?—
the God who equipped me with strength
and made my way blameless.
He made my feet like the feet of a deer
and set me secure on the heights. (Psalm 18:31-33)
For David, there was one and only one solid rock: David’s God, who is the same God that we believe. Our God clothes us with His strength and power. He guides us through paths of righteousness. He also makes our feet like dear’s feet so that we can walk over any places on earth without fear.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; (2 Corinthians 4:7-9)
Let us be strong and courageous in God. Although we are like a clay jar which is fragile and easy to break, when God is with us, we are in His passion clothed with the surpassing power of God. Therefore, on earth, under any circumstances, we will not be crushed, nor driven to despair, nor destroyed because He is with us. Continue pray before God with thanksgiving. The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, be with us all, will guard our hearts and mind in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
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