Have you ever felt so hopeless and defenseless that it made you think about giving up? I am talking about that situation when you look around and there is nobody around to help you or fight with and for you. We all have been through this kind of experience in our lives, some of us more, others less, but that feeling is universal. When we are Christians that situation is inflated.
It is very important for us to understand that if we want to follow Jesus and commit ourselves to Him we will be persecuted. Sometimes, as we saw in the Psalm 123, people will make fun of us, the kind of joke that has the intent to hurt and diminish the person.
The apostle Paul warned Timothy about that, “ In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 2 Tim. 3:12.” Everyone who wants to attend church, commit him/herself with the gospel will suffer some kind of opposition and persecution. People will laugh at the beginning; after a while they will be upset; and then they will be angry.
It is important that we understand that there is a system in place to fight against our faith and our commitment with God and His church. Because of that we need a defender. We need someone who will step up and put Himself between our aggressors and us.
Sometimes we are not attacked because our Christian life and our commitment are so weak and pale that we do not bother anybody. Our Christianity is so small that it is almost invisible. But if we decide to commit ourselves and start to follow Jesus and obey Him, them we will start to see some hostility.
David composed the Psalm 124. The scholars believe that he made this psalm when he was anointed King over Israel. We find the story in 2 Samuel 5:17-25. This is what the verse 17 says: “When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over Israel, they went up in full force to search for him, but David heard about it and went down to the stronghold. 2 Samuel 5:17”
That was the situation with David, he was anointed the new king of Israel and the Philistines decided to attack him. The text says that they spread all over the place in a demonstration of power. Their intention was to strike fear in David’s heart.
David sought God and prayed for victory, and God gave him victory. Probably it was after the victory that David wrote this psalm.
This shows us that when enemies know about our call, commitment and desire to serve God, they will encamp around us and try to destroy our decision or us. It is at that time that the Lord will be our defender.
My friend, in the next few weeks we will learn important lessons from this wonderful psalm, lessons that will encourage us in times when we face opposition. We will learn that no matter who we are and who our enemies are, God, the Almighty God, is our defender.
Have a blessed week,