“I have done justice and righteousness; do not leave me to my oppressors” [Psalm 119.121 NASB]
With the benefit of hindsight, as well as the consistent testimony of fellow saints, we are continually reminded that God is faithful.
It is from this immoveable base that we are strengthened and persuaded to trust Him more and more.
David had on numerous occasions also proved this to be true, and yet day-by-day the enemy would attack what he believed. Have you also discovered this tactic of his? He knows that you believe and have acted on the truth, and yet, he persistently attempts to tell you that it does not work!
Now, if he can entice you to pause, weigh and consider any one of his many evil insinuations, he will have successfully diverted you from the race and your eyes will be on what he has implied and not where they should be.
The devil has no new weapons in his armoury, so he covers old ground with freshly dressed up temptations.
God's mode of operation is to develop the perseverance of the saints and more importantly, also provide fresh spiritual food for His people, as they repeatedly learn that regardless of who is involved or the circumstances, God will stay true to His word.
Why was it important for David to be reminded that God could be relied upon? At that time, there were a vast number of enemies surrounding David, and they were fully intending to capture and confine him in the place where oppression was both judge and jury.
Sometimes, when we are in this situation, we feel that as his enemies assail our defences and the longer the battle rages, the weaker we are becoming. This is exactly why he directs all his resources to one particular area.
David's track record was justice and righteousness; therefore, the enemy had no legitimate access into his life. However, David did have a just claim on God.
It is possible that your present conflict is the most severe of all your battles so far. So, without drawing back, take a deep breath, remember His previous assistance and follow Him, fearlessly, into the fray. [David McArdle]