A CONFESSION OF FAITH
Date: June 20
Category: Trust in God
"Through God we shall do valiantly, for He it is Who shall tread down our adversaries."
This is an amazing psalm. The psalm starts out with God rejecting the Israelites. Verse 1 says, "O God, You have rejected us and cast us off, broken down [our defences], and scattered us; You have been angry – O restore us and turn Yourself to us again!" So whenever the Israelites had to fight, they didn't have God's help. The Israelites felt as though God had rejected them. But then we read in verse 11 that the Israelites cried out to God for help. "O give us help against the adversary, for vain (ineffectual and to no purpose) is the help or salvation of man."
It's interesting to notice a huge switch in tone from verse 11 to verse 12. The Israelites went from complaining and crying to a powerful statement of faith and confidence. Verse 12 says, "Through God we shall do valiantly, for He it is Who shall tread down our adversaries." This verse in the German translation, Hoffnung fuer Alle, (which means, ‘hope for all') says, "With God we are going to accomplish great deeds."
So no matter how desperate your situation looks or how strong your adversaries appear to be, bring God into the equasion. Make God your focus rather than focusing on your obstacle. Don't just express the things you see in your life situation. Start expressing who God is and how great His power is. When you start confessing that into your situation, then you will see the deliverance of the Lord because it is He who will fuse courage into us and equip us with the ability to be victorious. Just as this verse says, we will accomplish many great things through God.
Although the Israelites were fearful of their adversary, they did not base their actions on that fear. Their actions were based on their faith in God. That's why they could make that statement of faith (as we read in verse 12) with confidence and assurance that God was going to see them through. We too should base our actions on our faith in God rather than on fear. We need to compare our obstacles to the Lord and see that God is much greater than any adversary.
We need to bring God into our work, our schools, our relationships, our finances, and any other areas of our lives where we feel challenged. Then compare the greatness of God with those challenges. Suddenly, we won't act based on fear but instead we will act based on faith because we have brought God into every area of our lives. Situations that once looked impossible will now seem simple because God is there to help you conquer.
There is such a strong and confident tone in verse 12. "Through God we shall do valiantly, for He it is Who shall tread down our adversaries." God is going to be the motivator of our actions. God is going to defeat any and every adversary that comes against us, and He'll do it through our actions based on our faith in Him.
There is a great measure of strength and courage that we receive when we put God before our situations. Let's think back to the story of David and Goliath. When the Philistines were challenging the Israelites, David approached King Saul and offered to fight Goliath. In 1 Samuel 17:37a we read, "David said, The Lord Who delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine…" David spoke with confidence in God. He didn't look at the giant; he looked at the Lord.
Later on in the story we read about how David stayed focused on the Lord even though the situation didn't look very good for him. In verse 44 we read, "And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field." But then in verse 45 and 46 we read, "Then said David to the Philistine, You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the ranks of Israel, Whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will smite you and cut off your head…"
So David chose not to focus on his adversary but he focused on the Lord instead. Because of that God, gave him a great measure of courage and strength. By his confession of faith and his confidence in the Lord, God delivered Goliath into the hands of David.
But if you base your decisions in life on the greatness of your enemy or the difficulty of your situation, then you will make unwise decisions because your motivation will be fear. But if you let faith be your motivation, then your decisions will be wise and through that, God will bring you success and victory. After all, it is He who will defeat your enemies and help you through your obstacles.
Just as we read in today's verse, Psalm 60:12, "Through God we shall do valiantly, for He it is Who shall tread down our adversaries," keep in mind the German translation also, which says, "With God we are going to accomplish great deeds." Today, let's make this powerful confession of faith be the basis for all our life's decisions. When we base our actions on faith in God, then God will empower us to be victorious in life.