10Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?
11Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off? and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts?
12Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.
13Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.
To whom do you turn when all hope seems to be lost? David asked that very question:
Who will bring me into the strong city? Who will lead me into Edom?
The real question asked by David was, "To whom do I turn when God hast cast me off?" During the time of David, all nations believed that events were ordered by the gods. The victory came to the nation which had the strongest or most powerful god. David's real question was this: If God has cast us off, then who will lead our army into battle?
He rightly understood that the help of man was vain, for no man could stand before the power of Almighty God. With God victory was assured, but without God all hope was lost.
Sadly, in our day, most nations believe that man is invincible; no matter what the difficulty may be, man will find the answer. Gone is the understanding that God rules and reigns the nations.
What about the believers of our day? Do we truly believe that "through God we shall do valiantly?" When our nation is plagued with widespread drought, are we crying out to God for help? When forest fires have consumed thousands of acres of land, destroying homes and businesses which lie in its path, are we praying that God would send rain to stop the advance of the flames?
I fear that we have so distanced religion from everyday life, that we hardly even think of turning to God for such things. We have forgotten that God rules over the earth; nothing can stay His hand. He is our only hope, for vain is the help of man!
In a time when the world seems to be spinning crazily on its axis, when the world is almost overcome with disasters: forest fires, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and flooding, let the people of God fall down before Him. Let us remember the God we profess to believe; let us dust off our Bibles, place them in a prominent place, and read them frequently. Let us turn off the television an hour before bedtime so we can spend some quiet time with the Lord at the end of each day. Let us set the alarm clock to get ourselves up a half an hour early so we can beseech God for help and strength to live the upcoming day!
In other words, let us put God back into first place in our lives. God will not be ignored; He demands, and will receive first place in our hearts. The very first commandment God has given is: Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Any person, place, or thing that we place before God is an idol.
Who will bring us into the strong city? Let us turn to God who will tread down our enemies!
God Bless You,