6 Now know I that the Lord saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.
8 They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
9 Save, Lord: let the king hear us when we call. Psalm 20:6-9 KJV
She smiled at me. Her most disarming smile it was. “Oh! It is so good to see you. I heard about….I just think that’s the most wonderful idea… all kinds of support I’m sure.”
My blood ran cold and I couldn’t help looking over my shoulder to see who was getting ready to stick the knife in my back. It was something of the lie that floated behind her smiling eyes. I couldn’t hear her words of encouragement through the static of her actual agenda.
Like me, I’m sure you’ve been to the place of dangerous shadows more than once. Every step on that field is spongy and sure to give way at a moment’s notice. But how we walk in the face of impending danger designates us faithful or otherwise. Do we answer trouble real or perceived with our own strength, our own show of arms or do we remember that success is found only in the name of the Lord our God?
God has promised salvation by the power of His right hand. God has promised to hear our cries from His throne in Heaven…if we make them. And there’s the rub! If we want God’s salvation…if we want God’s saving strength to flow into us we have to seek it. We must pray!
If we pray, God will help. If we try to help ourselves and exclude God from the process God will watch from a distance.
So what do you do when your heart is overwhelmed? What do you do when you are in trouble? Do you just knuckle down and work harder? Do you fight and scheme in your own strength? Or do you go to the God of all power and might and solicit His aid?
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Ma. 11:28-30