As the saying goes, “Forewarned is forearmed.” If we know that the enemy is planning to attack us, we can get ready to defend ourselves and will not be caught by surprise. And the more we know about the enemy and his plans the better we can prepare.
For us today forewarned means that we are made aware of the fact that Satan intends to attack us through the antichrist. In fact it means that we are aware that already there are many antichrists (I John 2:18), even though he has not come yet in his last and most dreadful form. We do have a description of him in Psalm 119:150 where we read: “They draw nigh that follow after mischief: they are far from thy law.”
The word mischief means crafty, deceitful. And much there is today that calls itself Christian but is antichristian and is against Christ and His church. They come with teachings that corrupt the truth about Christ and why He came. They are far from God’s law.
We need to know the way to be protected against them. As the psalmist did, so must we cry out, “Hear my voice according to thy loving kindness: O Lord, quicken me according to thy judgment.” For our only hope and only protection is God in His only begotten Son. We need to be quickened, that is, be kept spiritually alive and active. And God must perform this work upon us. He is our defense and our strength.
It is important that we remember that all our spiritual life comes from God in His loving kindness, that is, in Christ and through His cross and Spirit. He implants a new life, but He must also keep it there and make it active. We must then pray for a needful quickening so that we continue to fight the good fight of faith.
Our flesh wants to stop to escape ridicule, hardships, and persecution. We like to lay down our spiritual life for the advantage of our natural life. But be wise and follow the psalmist’s example.
Pray and sing these words:
O hear me in Thy grace,
In mercy quicken me;
The wicked plan to do me harm,
But they are far from Thee.
Read: Psalm 144
Psalter versification: 339:3
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.