For it is You who lights my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. Psalm 18:28-29
This Psalm of David was written after the Lord had rescued him from the hand of all his enemies, including Saul who was bent on trying to kill him. David led Israel in battle many times, so picture this being the words of a military general who had survived several tours. Or, picture the battle being the tests and trials we face on a continuous basis.
For it is God who lights my lamp and lightens my darkness. Isaiah 50:10 admonishes, “Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of His servant? Let him who walks in darkness and has no light trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.” Check out what happens if we don’t in verse 11: “Behold, all you who kindle a fire, who equip yourselves with burning torches! Walk by the light of your fire, and by the torches that you have kindled! This you have from My hand: you shall lie down in torment.” Ouch!
The more happy companion verse would be Psalm 119:105, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” If you don’t know what to do and feel like you’re in the dark, consult God. Pray and read the Bible. Don’t run to friends or just stick with your own wisdom.
For by You I can run against a troop and leap over a wall. There are days that I feel that I’m getting attacked on every side. I get people who threaten that if I don’t do what they want, they’ll go to Facebook. I have to stand them down and call them out. I gulp, I pray and I stand, not backing down. By God I can stand against illogical, unreasonable parents. I can find ideas where there aren’t any, because of God’s help.
Do you ever feel like you are in over your head? Maybe you are overwhelmed because the odds are stacked against you or there is someone opposing you that seems unbeatable. With God, all things are possible. We serve a God that is an odds beater, that champions the underdog and hears the cry of the lowly. He equips us with strength (Psalm 18:32) and gives strength to the weary (Isaiah 40:29-31). Call on God and trust Him with your challenges and obstacles.
God, I am calling out to You today. Please give me the strength to deal with the problems I am facing. I am asking You to help me. Give me courage to do things Your way and not mine. I will trust you with the consequences. I don’t know which choices to make today, so would you direct my steps and give me the wisdom when it comes to taking action? Your Word says that You give light in the darkness and that with Your help I can leap over a high wall. Work and act today in Jesus’ name. Amen!