Have you ever noticed that across the Psalms there is an overwhelming amount of prayers and songs to God about deliverance from evil, wicked people, enemies, etc.?
In Psalms 11, 12, 13, 43, 44, 70, 71, & 73 I noticed this theme over and over and it can be found in many more Psalms as well.
Listen to how the oppressor is referred to..."wicked," "loves violence," "speak falsehood," "flattering lips," "double heart," "strut about," "vileness is exalted," "exalted over me," "adversaries,""ungodly nation," "deceitful," "unjust," "those who hate us," "delight in my hurt," and "set their mouth against the heavens" to name a few...
When you read through those descriptions, what comes to mind in your own life? Has the Lord allowed an oppressor to remain in your life? A person, a situation, a struggle, a sin, a temptation, or suffering?
Our struggles with oppressors or oppressive situations will likely pale in comparison to the situation of David and other psalmists. It is important to look at how they responded to their situations. Listen to some of their prayers, entreaties, and statements...
- "For you are the God of my strength" (Psalm 43:2)
- "Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him" (Psalm 43:5)
- "All this has come upon us, but we have not forgotten You" (Psalm 44:17)
- "Our heart has not turned back, our steps have not deviated from your way" (Psalm 44:18)
- "For your sake we are killed all day long" (Psalm 44:22)
- "'Let God be magnified' But I am afflicted and needy; Hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord do not delay." (Psalm 70:4-5)
- "For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth" (Psalm 71:5)
- "But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, That I may tell of all Your works." (Psalm 73:28)
We may not always know WHY we or others encounter situations of suffering. Scripture reveals over and over though that the Lord often uses it to:
- Comfort us so that we may comfort others (2 Cor 1)
- For the salvation of others (2 Cor 1)
- To not trust in ourselves (2 Cor 1)
- Produce a weight of eternal glory (2 Cor 4:17)
- To keep us humble (2 Cor 12:7)
God is sovereign. He is in control. He is our only ultimate source of hope and help through Jesus Christ and His sacrifice on the cross. Are you seeking His deliverance from the evil one? from oppressors? from oppressive situations? from suffering?
Or are you trying to get through life and tough situations on your own?