If he could get his way, Satan would turn us all into covenant breakers. He is constantly devising ways of getting us to turn away from God, and to go up against Him, rather than to sit down in covenant fellowship with Him.
Of that David speaks in Psalm 25:15, 16, and also shows how miserably the devil will fail. He wrote: “Mine eyes are ever toward the Lord; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted.”
Satan is constantly devising traps wherein he can catch us. But, as David declares, God will pluck us out of his net. We cannot do that ourselves. We have not the strength to escape Satan’s crafty and powerful devices. David stated it correctly when he wrote that we are desolate, that is, alone in the midst of the innumerable host of Satan’s army. He also states that we are afflicted, that is, poor. That is the basic meaning of the word. Being attacked we are helpless, for we have no money to buy weapons of defense or of offense. In ourselves we are at the mercy of Satan.
That is why the child of God must and does set his eyes upon Jehovah. He will enable us to keep His covenant and His testimonies. He will keep us safe. In His mercy in Christ He will pluck our feet out of any net into which Satan had led us and caused us to fall. He will make us look with our eyes unto God for help and safety.
God’s covenant will stand. It does not depend upon us. We are safe because of God’s covenant faithfulness, not our own.
Our versification expresses it beautifully in these words:
My eyes are evermore
Toward Thee, O Lord, Whose care
Shall surely save my heedless feet
From every hidden snare.
Take note of the fact that God will take care of us. That care will keep us safe. There is no one more careful than God. And there is no one more powerful than He is. We are safe in His mercy.
Read: Psalm 91
Psalter versification: 62:3
This devotional was written by Rev. Heys and published by the Reformed Book Outlet.