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August 2020



God is for Me

“When I cry unto You, then shall my enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.”

Psalm 56:9

            As I prepared devotions for the July council meetings at Emmanuel and Hauge, I was in a bit of a pinch for time. So, I did what I have done on other occasions. I pulled out and used a devotional book I received while in seminary from the parents of a faculty member. The devotional is “Morning and Evening” by Charles Spurgeon. It’s compiled in such a way that, for each day of the year, two devotionals are given; one for the morning and one for the evening.

The devotional I read for the councils was for the evening of July 13, and it was so applicable to our time and situation that I’ve decided to share it with you.

The scripture text being commented on was Psalm 56:9. Spurgeon’s devotional thoughts are as follows:

It is impossible for any human words to express the full meaning of this delightful statement, “God is for me.” He was for us before the universe was made. He was for us when He gave His well-beloved Son for us. He was for us when He struck the Only Begotten and laid the full weight of His wrath on Him; He was for us – though He was “against” Him. He was for us when we were ruined in the Fall; He loved us despite all. He was for us when we were rebels, defying Him with clenched fists. He was for us when He led us to humbly seek His face. He has been for us in many struggles; we have been summoned to encounter a multitude of dangers, and we have been assailed by internal and external temptations. How could we have remained unharmed to this hour if He had not been for us? He is for us with the infinity of His being, the omnipotence of His love, and the infallibility of His wisdom. He is for us, arrayed in all His divine attributes. He is eternally and unchangeably for us. He will be for us when the blue skies are rolled up like a worn-out garment; He will be for us throughout eternity. Because He is for us, our prayers will always secure His help. “When I cry unto [You], then shall [my] enemies turn back.” This is not an uncertain hope, but a well-grounded assurance: “this I know.” I will direct my prayer to God and will look to Him for the answer, assured that it will come and that my enemies will be defeated, “for God is for me.” O believer, how happy you are with the King of kings on your side! How safe you are with such a Protector! How sure is your cause, when it is pleaded by such an Advocate! “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

Pastor Gideon

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