12/23/18 - I Shall Not Be Moved

“Consider and hear me, O Lord My God; enlighten my eyes,  Lest I sleep the sleep of death;  Lest my enemy say, ‘I have prevailed against him’;  Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.”  (Psalms 13:3-4)
 In this psalm, the poet seeks the help of the Lord to stand against his enemies.  David had many adversaries, before and after he became the king.  He understood the dangers to his life and kingdom. He sought out the greatest help of all.
 In the New Testament, we are encouraged to strap on the Christian’s armor so that we can “stand against the wiles of the devil,” “wrestle against . . . hosts of wickedness,” and “quench the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Ephesians 6:10-16).  We are in a spiritual war and we need all the help we can get from God to help us to stand firm in our faith.
 An old hymn repeats, “I shall not be; I shall not be moved.”  How can we make sure that we can stand firm?  We need to have the strength of the Lord to keep us.
 Jesus described it as a man who dug deep and laid the foundation of his house on solid rock.  When the storm came and beat on that house, it was not moved, because it had a firm foundation.  To have such a foundation in our spiritual lives, we must listen to the words of the Lord and practice them in our lives. (Luke 6:46-49)
 David pled with God to consider and hear him.  Our prayer should reflect that same dependence on the mercy, salvation, and providential care of God (Psalms 13:5,6).  We must also listen to and consider the words of Christ and then diligently live by them.  In fact, God will listen to our prayers, only if we are willing to listen to Him and live by His words.  “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil” (I Peter 3:12).
 What a good feeling it is to know that we are living in the mercy of a God who loves us enough to save us from our sins, provide all of our needs, protect us from our enemies, and guide us to the home He has promised for us.  Our hearts should swell with gratitude and love for all that He has done for us.  Pray for God’s mercy and help, listen to Him speak through the Scriptures, and follow Him with all your heart.