Daily Devotional from Eagles' Wings
Today: Wednesday, December 13, 2017
A Mighty Fortress
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
Luther said, This is my psalm. His battle hymn, A Mighty Fortress, took its cue from the robust tone of this psalm written in a time of crisis. That the exact crisis is not identified allows each of us to claim it for his own. Whether we face world, national, or personal crises, this psalm tells us that we can face them unafraid, because true security is in God.
We need not fear because God is our help (vv. 1-3). He is our refuge, a sure place of safety. He is our strength, a sure source of power. He is our abundant help, ready and sufficient. Although everything around us may fall apart, God never fails us.
We need not fear because God is our comfort (vv. 4-7). Knowing that the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers (Isa. 33:21) is the greatest comfort possible in times of crisis. With the power of Jehovah of hosts and the grace of the God of Jacob in our midst, we have no reason for worry. Only as we rest in the reality of Immanuel can we face fearlessly and confidently the difficulties of life. God with us is the theme of inward joy, satisfaction, and consolation. What else matters if God never leaves or forsakes us?
We need not fear because God is our deliverance (vv. 8-11). Under the control of God, our trials are needful and serve a purpose. But faith looks to the outcome of peace. Sooner or later, He maketh wars to cease. Between the crisis and the resolution, we must faithfully relax and acknowledge that He is Lord. Our peace will be in proportion to our sight of Him.
God will sooner empty heaven of angels than leave a saint without defence.
C. H. Spurgeon
This daily devotional is updated automatically daily from the Eagles' Wings daily devotional
book published by the Free Presbyterian Church.