Words from the Heart for Monday May 1st, 2017
Lord, stand up against those who stand up against me. Fight against those who fight against me. Pick up your shield and your armor. Rise up and help me.
Psalm 35:1-2 (NIRV)
Rise Up and Help Me
Did you have a big brother that you knew would stand up for you on the school playground? However, as life moves along we are not always confident that we have anyone to rise to our defense. We may even have been failed. Worse still, someone we counted on may have turned against us. With this in mind we can really appreciate what these verses tell us about the Lord.
One of the most threatening health issues in our day is called sitting disease. For most Canadians, an average day involves hours of work, commuting in a car, bus or train and relaxing in the evening. And most of it involves sitting. The sedentary lifestyle is leading to a number of life threatening health woes. Compared to people who sit minimally during the day, longtime sitters have a 112% increased risk of developing diabetes and a 147% increased risk of having a heart attack or stroke, coupled with a 90% chance of dying from such an event. In addition, longtime sitters have a 49% increased risk of dying prematurely. The illnesses that sitting disease can unleash don’t discriminate; they strike people without regard for age, sex, culture or income bracket. The antidote is easy – rise up.
The Bible speaks occasionally about what happens when God stands up. When He does, things happen. Most of the time when we see God in the Bible He is sitting down. It is a picture of God ruling from His throne. The Psalmist David understood this and so he writes in Psalm 35:1-2: “Lord, stand up against those who stand up against me. Fight against those who fight against me. Pick up your shield and your armor. Rise up and help me.” We don’t know the reason for David’s plea for God to stand up. Commentators tell us it was either during his time of being chased by King Saul or by his own son Absalom. But whatever the reason David knew that he could count on the Lord coming to his aid. He understood that when justice was needed, he should call on the God who is perfectly just. David had been anointed by God to be king. Those who were trying to take his life and usurp his God-given authority would have to deal with the Judge of the universe. If you are facing injustice, if you have been dealing with those who are mistreating you, the Lord is on your side. He doesn’t miss a thing. Like David, you can call out to Him to stand up on your behalf and He will. When we ask God to help us, He will.
These have been words from the heart.