There are many of us at Calvary that are benefitting from a little tool in our Scripture memory – Fighter Verses. You may think, “Why sound so violent?” Because we are in a fight, not against mere flesh and blood kind of adversaries, but rulers and cosmic powers and spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places! (Eph. 6:10ff) This is a battle. This is war. It is a fight of faith, and that requires some pretty good weaponry and armor. So we take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and we place it in our hearts and minds so it is at the ready when we are in the thick of the fight.
This week, we are memorizing in Psalms 9.
The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Here is ammunition in the fight. The LORD is a stronghold, given emphasis by repitition. The Psalmist is saying, “Don’t miss this! The LORD your God is a lofty place of refuge, he is a place of sercurity that is unassailable by any force arrayed against you. He will defend and protect you.”
Who is this promise for? The oppressed. Those who are in times of trouble. The original for the word “trouble” there is drought. It is a description of someone who runs to the LORD for refuge in the season of desolation and emptiness – of great lack – and because of that trust is given reason to have no worries.
What is the ground of such trust? Those who know the Name are those who will follow with trust in the LORD. The very name of the LORD speaks of his character, it conveys his reputation. It is a “strong tower” (like our “stronghold” in vs. 9), the righteous run into it and are safe (Prov. 18:10). Because we know this of the LORD, we trust in him.
Furthermore, there is the additional ground that those who seek after the LORD will not be forsaken. This is not a game of cosmic hide and seek in which you are the loser, constantly looking and never finding the object of your search. No! When you seek the LORD he will not forsake you, but will always be found and with you. This promise finds its fulfillment in Jesus, who promised he would never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5).
So when the trouble comes. When the feeling of oppression seems to rule. When a season of drought is upon you, fight the fight of faith with this truth from Scripture – you are not alone! The LORD is your stronghold, and Jesus is your constant companion.