It is obvious that man has come a long way since the day of David. All our labor-saving devices, medical advances, means of transportation, bodily comforts and conveniences make life in the Old Testament look dull and monotonous. But we must not overlook the fact that man has also come a long way in sin! And that includes attacks upon the truth of God’s word. Therefore when in Psalm 43:1 David wrote, “Judge me, 0 God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man,” we have a prayer that we ourselves are in great need of presenting to God.
Although we do not have “an ungodly nation” from which we need physical and bodily deliverance, we are surrounded by deceitful and unjust men who twist the Scriptures and attack us with heretical teachings. We are attacked and also our children, as far as our spiritual lives are concerned, and are assaulted with sharp arrows of the lie and with crafty approaches that appeal to our flesh. We, too, should pray:
Judge me, God of my salvation,
Plead my cause, for Thee I trust;
Hear my earnest supplication,
Save me from my foes unjust.
The sad and alarming fact today is that men do not take as seriously the attack of Satan and the men he uses to attack us with false doctrines, as they do the fear of a nuclear war that will bring material loss and painful death. Men fear other men far more than they fear Satan and his innumerable host that tries to turn us away from Christ, and to seek the things below rather than the things above in Christ’s kingdom.
But remember that, not only is the antichrist coming soon to have control of the whole earth and all men upon it, but as we read in I John 2:18, there are already many antichrists who are working hard to deceive us and our children, seeking to get us to seek the world and look for the Antichrist rather than seek the things above and look it, study it, as well as read it and hear it preached. And we for Christ to come.
We have very much need to pray that God will save His church from the antichrists which try to turn us away from Christ and the salvation from sin and from the lie which He will bring.
Read: Psalm 43
Psalter versification: 120:1
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.