“Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
This morning I want to spend some time dwelling on the promises written here, promises enough to dispel our fears in any situation:
– The presence of the Lord. He is my very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). I am not alone or forgotten. He is not unaware, because He is here.
– A personal relationship, initiated by the Lord. He is my God. Because He has chosen to be. He has chosen to pull me out of the mire (Psalm 40:1-2), out of darkness into His marvelous light, and make me His (1 Peter 2:9-10). He has chosen this out of great love – love that is steadfast and unchanging, an anchor of hope for my soul in the midst of so much that changes (Ephesians 2:4-7; Hebrews 6:17-20). He never does (Hebrews 13:8).
– Strength from the Lord. Strength poured in directly from the Almighty. Strength for each one of my days (Deuteronomy 33:25). Strength enough to face any difficulty with faith, knowing I am equipped by the Lord who trains me for the battles He knows are ahead (Psalm 18:31-34).
– Help from the Lord. He sees my need. He knows each detail. Nothing escapes the notice of our wonderfully detail-oriented God. And He will meet every one (Philippians 4:19). Each day, from the moment of our conception through the end of our lives here, the Lord who is our God sees our need and provides help in every area, showing Himself faithful.
– Upheld with His righteous right hand. We are not merely helped and strengthened from a distance; we are carried (Isaiah 46:4). By the righteousness of our God, the power of His right hand. Even if we stumble, if we are His, His steadfast love will not allow us to fall completely (Psalm 94:18; Psalm 37:24). He upholds us in might and faithfulness, righteous in His dedication to those who have trusted in Him, believed in the Son of God, for salvation. Each day, in all things and all throughout eternity, we are held securely by the righteous right hand of the holy, almighty God Himself (John 10:27-29). The God who is ours. The God who assures us, “Do not fear, my beloved and chosen child, for you are mine, and I am yours.”