Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. 26My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:25-26 

I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me.

Jeremiah 32:40 

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."

John 10:10 

…he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

1 John 4:4 

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. 20He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken. 21Affliction will slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be condemned. 22The LORD redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Psalm 34:19-22 

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.

Colossians 4:6 

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God."

Revelation 21:3 

..."If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

John 8:31-32 

"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."

Revelation 21:4 

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. 24Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.

Proverbs 4:23-24 

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. 26Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. 27Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

Proverbs 4:25-27 

…let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

James 1:19-20 

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.

2 Corinthians 8:9 

Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? 14You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.

Psalm 77:13-14 

Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. 6The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 7The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 8It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man.

Psalm 118:5-8 

Freedom and Triumph (Psalm 118:5-8)

| Oct 31, 2020

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Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. 6The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 7The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 8It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man. –Psalm 118:5-8

A God That Responds
Many times, when hardships come our way, we need someone stronger to intervene for us. Where do we go when in distress? The psalmist cried out to God and He answered! We have no strength within ourselves, so we call upon our Lord. Charles Spurgeon said, “Prayers which come out of distress generally come out of the heart, and therefore they go to the heart of God. It is sweet to recollect our prayers, and often profitable to tell others of them after they are heard. Prayer may be bitter in the offering, but it will be sweet in the answering. The man of God had called upon the Lord when he was not in distress, and therefore he found it natural and easy to call upon him when he was in distress. He worshipped, he praised, he prayed: for all this is included in calling upon God, even when he was in a straitened condition.” God is always attentive and active on behalf of His children even though we are so undeserving. “Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.”

A God That Protects
God serves and protects us so that we may carry out His desires. We may suffer at times, but we should not fear. Man can do no more to us than what our God permits. How can we be afraid of man when we have such an almighty God. Recently I was able to send some funds to a friend in India to help his family buy food during the Covid shutdown. While buying for his own family he was burdened to help another family nearby, that was in greater need, with half of the funds. God not only supplied his family’s needs but the needs of those around him. “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

A God That Helps
Man’s desire is to always secure great allies in any conflict that may arise. Without God, our allies will fail, and only God can strengthen those who help us. And for those who hate us, they shall flee before our God. Christ triumphed over all on the cross. “The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.”

A God That Shelters
God has opened His home to us. Man will always fail us, but God will always follow through on His Word. God does far more than we ask or even think. At Calvary, Christ was not a victim but a victor over Satan and sin, therefore he is our refuge. “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.”

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Questions for Reflection:

  1. What do you see about God in the midst of hardship?
  2. Have you suffered for the Lord without fear?
  3. Have you taken refuge in the Lord?
  4. Have you blessed someone recently?

 

Gary has served in missions-focused ministry for more than 35 years. He and his wife Kathy served with Baptist Mid-Missions for 24 years. Gary founded the nonprofit ministry Partners in Discipleship International (PDI) in 2008, which led to his current leadership role with Truth78 as Director of International Resource Development. Gary and Kathy live in Grandville, MI and have three children and twelve grandchildren.

Truth78 publishes curriculum, devotional books, children’s books, church & parenting resources (including Zealous: 7 Commitments for the Discipleship of the Next Generations), Scripture memory tools and other resources designed to equip your home and church for leading children and youth to treasure God.

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The Lord Sets Us Free (Ps 118:5-8)

| Nov 1, 2015

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Out of my distress I called on the LORD; the LORD answered me and set me free. 6The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? 7The LORD is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 8It is better […]

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