Tuesday, January 30, 2007

The LORD Who is On Our Side

If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,
  Let Israel now say,
If it had not been the LORD who was on our side,
  When men rose against us,
Then they would have swallowed us alive,
  When their wrath was kindled against us.
(Psalm 124:1-3)
Here the pilgrim psalm writer is recalling one of the many times enemies rose up against Israel, and would have prevailed, except for The LORD Who is On Our Side.

Jacob expressed something similar when he said his father-in-law Laban, who had continually tried to cheat him, “Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely you would have sent empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you” (Genesis 31:42).

Paul declared, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” and then expanded most gloriously on what that means:
He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who has died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? …

Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us form the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:31-39)
When the Lord is for you, that makes all the difference in the world. How good to know that He is for us, and that in Jesus Christ, we can never be separated from His love. Whenever you are pressed about on all sides, and the voice of the enemy is laying accusations against you, stop and remember The LORD Who is On Our Side, and the rich revelation of what that means for us in Jesus Christ.