Do Not Fear Even in Seemingly Hopeless Situations Part II

13 Oct

Ps 118:10-13  10 All the nations surrounded me, but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.  11 They surrounded me on every side, but in the name of the LORD I cut them off.  12 They swarmed around me like bees, but they died out as quickly as burning thorns; in the name of the LORD I cut them off.  13 I was pushed back and about to fall, but the LORD helped me. 

“In the name of the LORD” is kind of like being deputized by the Lord.  My dad and I used to watch westerns and loved the part when the townspeople were deputized—given delegated authority from the sheriff—to catch the bad guys.  When we act in the name of the Lord we are acting in His authority and according to His direction.  “I cut them off” uses the imagery of haying.  It means, I mowed them down or I destroyed them. 

In verse 13 we see the extremity of the situation:  I was pushed back and about to fall. Pushed back refers to a leaning wall that is about to fall.  Think disaster.  Think leaning tower of Pisa.  BUT (what a great word) the Lord helped me.  The Lord is with me now!  He will help me.  God is ready, willing, and able to help whether it is delivering us from the situation or delivering us through the situation.  Will we choose to rely on palanca, on ourselves, on others, on leaders, or on Him?

The psalmist answers this question for himself in verse 14:  The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. How will you answer it?

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