This Day in History: 0000-07-21

July 21 – Psalms 94:16-19 

Who will protect me from the wicked? Who will stand up for me against evildoers?
Unless the Lord had helped me, I would soon have settled in the silence of the grave.
I cried out, “I am slipping!”
But Your unfailing love, oh Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, Your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. 

Friends we are absolutely surrounded by wickedness. And it is only getting worse. It’s so easy to look around and feel overwhelmed by it all. To feel like there’s no way to make it through this life in safety. When we look to those who have been put into places of authority designed to protect us we see corruption. When we look to so much of the organized church which is meant to love and support us, we see haughtiness and judgement and pride. The family structure, which should provide security, is under great attack and is so often plagued by hidden sins and abuse. Where can we turn? How can we survive? Who will protect us from the wicked? Who will stand up for us against evildoers? 

Friends, the answer can only ever be, the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies! Unless He helps us, we are headed for destruction – the silence of eternal death. We have to cry out to Him! We have to admit, “Lord, I am slipping!” Because on our own there is no hope. We’ll never make it. We’ll never overcome the trials of this life or the next.  May we humble ourselves before Him and ask for help! 

Just like the Psalmist, we can know with certainty that when we do, He will answer. Every. Single. Time. His unfailing love will support us. His sovereign hand will protect us. His mighty arm will fight for us and stand up against the forces of evil on our behalf. We will be safe! Through every doubt and every fear, we will have the comfort found in His eternal, loving arms. Through every trial and every storm, we will be able to find hope and cheer in our identity as His own precious children.