It’s a strange truth to know that we were all enemies of God without knowing it. And when someone becomes a Christian, we soon discover that our greatest enemy is the devil himself.
C.S. Lewis once said, ‘The enemy will not see you vanish into God’s company without an effort to reclaim you.’
And so, from the minute, we become Christians we begin to engage in spiritual warfare. But when we’re fighting in the spiritual realms, there are times we feel wounded and defeated.
Have you ever doubted that God is on your side?
In Psalm 124 we find David using three powerful pictures of the evil forces which were against him.
Israel’s enemies were so powerful, that David says they could have easily swallowed them up alive. I believe there are times we totally underestimate the opposition. Some believe that the devil doesn’t exist, while others believe that he can’t do anything to them.
There’s a reason Peter tells us to be alert and sober-minded. And that reason is frightening, he’s looking to devour God’s people. He’s like a roaring lion which is prowling around, looking to destroy anyone who belongs to God.
We can almost picture him circling the flock at night, looking for a wayward sheep. A sheep which has wandered away from the security and protection of the Shepherd. He is dangerous, the enemy of our soul, the one who attacks us and we shouldn’t underestimate him.
Part of the problem for us Christians is that we’re fighting against an enemy we can’t see. And because of that, we must acknowledge that the opposition is way too strong for us. But we must continue to fight, we must keep moving forward.
The Roman armour was designed to protect the front of the warrior, not the back, why? Because when the enemy is near, the soldiers were moving towards them, not running away.
We have all pictured ourselves running away from the devil, but James tells us if we submit to God, and resist the devil then he will flee from us.
Israel’s enemies were so powerful, that David says they move with great speed.
Remember David was a shepherd, and he would have been well acquainted with the steep-sided Judean wadi beds. When the rain came, the sheep would have been washed away. They would have had no chance, there was no way to escape the flash floods.
As Christians, we too often have to face the floods of life. And these flash floods come without warning, they come from nowhere, in all kinds of ways. We can lose our job, we can lose our health, we can lose our wealth, our relationships etc.
Israel’s enemies were so powerful, that David says they set traps everywhere.
A fowler’s snare is a trap specifically designed to trap birds. Now, remember we’re fighting against things we can’t see. If the fowler was to show himself or leave the snare out in plain view, it would defeat the purpose. Hence why he has to hide himself and the snare in order to catch the bird.
As Christians, if we’re not careful we too can get caught in the devil’s snare. He sets up a temptation for us, in order for us to sin against God. He sets up a temptation for us in order to destroy our souls. And so, we end up being trapped in our sin.
And we end up becoming slaves to sin all over again.
David praises God and says that God has protected them from their enemies. Our help comes from the Lord. Our help comes from the Maker of heaven and earth.
We couldn’t do anything to set ourselves free. We were helpless, we were caught in a trap with an eternity of hell facing us. But now that Jesus is Lord, He came to set us free. He is the lion slayer; He defeated the devil on the cross.
He rose again and pulled us out of the floods of life and set us loose from the devil’s snare. Jesus did all of this for all of us. Satan thought he had won, he probably felt smug and smiled to himself, thinking he had the last word.
But then God raised Jesus from the dead, and life and salvation became the last words.
David says throughout this short Psalm that if it wasn’t for God’s intervention, Israel would have been wiped out. God was working among His people, and they would never have been able to overcome their enemies without God’s help.
If the LORD had not been on my side………
I wouldn’t have been able to overcome my addiction.
I would probably be dead in a gutter somewhere.
I would still be dead in my sins.
I would have no hope of a future in heaven.
I would have no purpose for my life.
As Christians, we too must totally rely on God for all things. As Christians, we must learn what it means for Jesus to be truly our all in all.
We are totally reliant upon Christ for everything because it’s in Christ we both live and move and have our being.
Christ is the source of our joy and our movement and it’s important to remain in Him.
We must go to Him for strength to go through all things we experience in this life.
The enemy is too strong for us to fight with our own power, so must be strong in the Lord, we must fight in his mighty power.