By Pastor Mark Jordan
“When I walk into the thick of trouble, keep me alive in the angry turmoil. With one hand strike my foes, with your other hand save me. Finish what you started in me, God. Your love is eternal—don’t quit on me now.” (Psalm 138:8, MSG)
Wow. Just wow. This verse is one of those that struck me anew when I read it today. Let’s break it down and read it together, shall we?
“When I walk into the thick of trouble, keep me alive in the angry turmoil.“ When was the last time you went somewhere knowing trouble awaited? How did you feel? Scared? Anxious? Apprehensive? Tentative? I love how King David asked God to keep him alive in the angry turmoil. It’s something to which I can definitely relate. Can you?
With one hand strike my foes, With your other hand save me. This goes to show how God uses His two hands. It reminds me of what King David wrote in Psalm 23 how how God, as the Good Shepherd, leads, guides, and directs with the rod and the staff. A shepherd would use the rod to fight off threats, while the crook of the staff was used to keep the sheep from wandering into trouble.
Finish what you started in me, . Your love is eternal—don’t quit on me now. This is beautiful, and a prayerful promise echoed by the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:6, that the One who started a good work in you is faithful to see it through to completion. I love how this is a strand woven throughout the tapestry of scripture, informing me in all phases of my life.
So how does this verse strike you today? Are you facing, or enduring, some angry turmoil? Do you need reassurance that God is going to fend off your enemies, and protect you at the same time? Do you need to rest in the knowledge that God isn’t done with you yet?
God is keeping you alive in life’s turmoil.
God is fighting off your enemies while keeping you safe.
God isn’t quitting on you.
Don’t quit on God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for being with me in all ways and times. I know you are protecting me and fighting for me, which is a powerful reminder to face life’s ups and downs with confidence. Forgive me for the times I want to surrender to our enemies, feeling helpless and powerless. Thanks to you, I’m not. Help me to know you won’t quit on me, so know I won’t quit on you. I pray this in Jesus’ holy name. Amen.