God Knows the Troubles of Your Soul

I will rejoice and be glad in Your lovingkindness, 

Because You have seen my affliction; You have known the troubles of my soul. 

And You have not given me over into the hand of the enemy;

You have set my feet in a large place. (Psalm 31:7-8, NASB95)

You have seen my affliction; You have known the troubles of my soul . . . Just that knowledge is would be enough to give a child of God reason for rejoicing (God knows!), but God also protected David. God delivered him from his adversary repeatedly, even when Saul sought him every single day (1 Samuel 23:14).

God sees and knows you too. jack-millard-1129629-unsplashHe knows your thoughts and your ways (Psalm 139:2-3), your words before you speak them (Psalm 139:4), the number of steps you take (Job 29:4), the number of hairs on your head (Matthew 10:30), and all your tears (Psalm 56:8; 2 Kings 20:5). He knows the fiery trials you are enduring for His Name’s sake. He sent them in His faithful love to strengthen and increase your faith in Him and His precious promises.

What else does God know?  He knows how many miles are on your old car and how many things need to be fixed. He knows the amount of money in your bank account. He knows the amount of that unexpected bill you just received in the mail. He knows the debts you owe to your creditors. He knows the conflict you are facing in your workplace. He knows the struggles in your marriage. He knows the pains you feel that you never tell anyone about. He knows the disappointment you feel over a lost friendship. He knows the loneliness of your heart. He knows the uneasiness in your soul as you ponder the uncertainties of your life. 

God knows and He cares (1 Peter 5:7), and His lovingkindness towards you is everlasting. Your heavenly Father will deliver you from your enemies. He will set your feet in a large place. That may be a temporary place on earth, for more trials are sure to come in this life, but it will be permanent in His heavenly home where He will receive you and welcome you to all eternity through His Son Jesus Christ. 

Our Fight Against Indwelling Sin

Exhortations to Fight:  “Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1Ti 6:12)

“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.” (1 Peter 2:11)

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Eph 6:10-12 NAU)

A Personal Resolution in the Fight:  “Resolved, never to give over, nor in the least to slacken my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.” Jonathan Edwards

Our Danger in the Fight:  “Men little consider what a dangerous companion is always at home with them. When they are in company, when alone, by night or by day, all is one, sin is with them. There is a living coal continually in their houses; which, if it be not looked unto, will fire them, and it may be consume them. Oh, the woeful security of poor souls! How little do the most of men think of this inbred enemy that is never from home! How little, for the most part, does the watchfulness of any professors answer the danger of their state and condition!”  John Owen, Overcoming Sin and Temptation

“But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” James 1:14-15

The Experience of the Fight:  “Pain and grief, moans and groans, will certainly be involved, for your sin does not want to die, now will it enjoy the killing process. Jesus told us, very vividly, that mortifying sin could well feel like plucking out an eye or cutting of a hand or foot, in other words, self-mutilation. You will feel you are saying good-bye to something that is so much a part of you that without it you cannot live.” J.I. Packer

Our Armory and Weaponry in the Fight:  “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, (Eph 6:17-18)

Our Helper in the Fight:  “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13)

Our Hope in the Fight:  “Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom 7:24-25)

Fight the good fight with all thy might!
Christ is thy strength, and Christ thy right;
Lay hold on life, and it shall be
Thy joy and crown eternally.

John Monsell

JH