If you were ever in doubt that God has got it covered when it comes to the enemies of your life, then you need to take time to read a little song written by David in 2 Samuel 22. Its lyrics tell us who God is:
a rock, a fortress, a deliverer, a stronghold, a refuge and a savior.
It is very descriptive as it paints a picture of just what He is willing to do on our behalf if we allow Him to take charge of the situation.
Please read this song with the most dramatic voice you can muster. Give it all you got.
7 In my distress I called to the LORD; I called to my God. From his heavenly temple he heard my voice; he listened to my cry for help.
8 The earth heaved and shook; the foundations of the sky trembled. They heaved because he was angry.
9 Smoke ascended from his nose; fire devoured as it came from his mouth; he hurled down fiery coals.
10 He made the sky sink as he descended; a thick cloud was under his feet.
11 He mounted a winged angel and flew; he glided on the wings of the wind.
12 He shrouded himself in darkness, in thick rain clouds.
13 From the brightness in front of him came coals of fire.
14 The LORD thundered from the sky; the sovereign One shouted loudly.
15 He shot arrows and scattered them, lightning and routed them.
16 The depths of the sea were exposed; the inner regions of the world were uncovered by the LORD’s battle cry, by the powerful breath from his nose.
What a scene. Have you ever imagined such power as being exerted toward those things that are wreaking havoc in your life? Many times we picture people as our enemies, but the truth is it can be sin that wages war with our spirits and our lives. Look at how God responds when we call out for help against that which hurts us the most. He is on it with both barrels seeking to annihilate our opposition. It is explosive and powerful and the best part is He wins!
Please continue. (Remember your dramatic voice.)
17 “He reached down from on high and took hold of me; he drew me out of deep waters.
18 He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from my foes, who were too strong for me.
19 They confronted me in the day of my disaster, but the LORD was my support.
20 He brought me out into a spacious place; he rescued me because he delighted in me.
Did you see that? The reason He confronted the enemy? Out of delight for us. That brings tears to my eyes.
I think the key here is, what we decide to do when we are overwhelmed with sin. Do we ignore the battle raging around us? Do we hide the sin for fear the Lord will be displeased, sweeping it under the rug or making excuses? Or do we say, “In my distress I called to the LORD?” [vs. 4] Is that what delights Him? Our call for help and the acknowledgement of His power to rescue us gets His attention and His favor.
And trusting Him with our lives is an act of righteousness. We see evidence of this in the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans-
“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed … Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.” Romans 4:18-24
If you’re still not convinced, Hebrews 11 has a long list of flawed people who had much in their lives to be ashamed of, yet they were seen by God as righteous because they chose to put their faith—trust—belief in Him.
The rest of the song tells of God’s actions toward the righteous. My favorite part—”He sets me free from my enemies.”
If you are struggling against the enemy of sin today perhaps it’s time to call on the Lord who will “soar on the wings of the wind” with smoke rising from His nostrils shooting His arrows and scattering your oppressor. Choose to let God rescue you from the thing you seem so powerless against. Trust the Lord. He gives great victories.