There are some messages that are written for instruction, some for illumination, some for edification and yet others as revelation. Today’s message however, is none of those things. Today’s message is written for encouragement.

Our Father knows we need a lot of that, don’t we; encouragement. Life can get the better of us every now and then. And even though we have been made clean by the blood of Jesus, we need to remind ourselves of that fact every so often, so that the dust of this world will not distract us from our true position in God’s family.

So for those of us who are feeling a little weary, a little hemmed in by our situation, today’s word is just for you.

“When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;
he brought me into a spacious place.
The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?” Psalm 118:5-6 [NIV]

I’m not often given to quoting from the NIV, if I’m honest. Just a stylistic preference, I suppose. But the word for today, I feel, is best presented in the NIV, because in this translation, we can clearly see the righteous defiance we should have in the face of our troubles. So let us learn well this attitude of confidence in our Father’s love and let it be our constant reminder as we walk through life’s journey.

“When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;
he brought me into a spacious place.” Psalm 118:5 [NIV]

The words ‘hard pressed’ are also translated as ‘hemmed in’ [CJB], ‘pushed to the wall’ [MSG], ‘out of tribulation’ [WYC], ‘out of my distress’ [AMP/AMPC]; and I have a question for you. When you are hemmed in and pressured by your troubles, when you are in distress, who do you call? Your shrink? Your boss? Your secretary? Your pastor? While doing all of that is fine and good; well, maybe not the secretary; here is another question for you? What can mere mortals do FOR you?

David said,

“When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord;
he brought me into a spacious place.” Psalm 118:5 [NIV]

He cried to the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth, creator of you and me, Father to our Lord Jesus, and now, because of what Jesus did for us, Father to us who believe; for remember what Jesus told the women who went looking for Him at the tomb after He rose from the dead on the third day?

“Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” John 20:17

I know you have heard this before, but think about this,

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

Simple logic, really, isn’t it? If you believe that God, your maker and creator, loves you as a Father; because He is literally more of a father to you than your own father; how can you not believe that He will give you good things? In fact,

“If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!” Matthew 7:11 [AMPC]

It’s true, isn’t it? We want to give our children all the best things, but we are limited by two realities; finite resources and selfish intentions. You want to buy him every toy he ever points at, but you are realistically restricted by your cash flow. You want to buy him everything he could ever ask for, but sometimes you really want some things for yourself too, don’t you?

But for God? This is how He describes the extent of His own wealth.

“I will not take a bull from your house,
Nor goats out of your folds.
For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
I know all the birds of the mountains,
And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.
If I were hungry, I would not tell you;
For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.” Psalm 50:9-12

And He’s just being modest. You really could add ‘other worlds and other universes’ to the list of things that are His, couldn’t you?

And as if that is not enough, He tells you that hey, there’s nothing you have that He wants. Because there’s nothing that’s out there that’s not His. So then, how can we not have the confidence that Paul had and say,

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:31

Our Father gave up Jesus, His most prized, so that you may be redeemed. Do you really think that there could ever be a conflict of interest within God’s heart, such that He would ever withhold any good thing from you?

But you are thinking that you are a really huge sinner and there is not a cat in hell’s chance that God could ever love you enough to even give you the time of day. Well, you are right in some respect; but realizing that you are a sinner, makes you the perfect candidate for His salvation. For Jesus did say,

“I came not to call the righteous ones to repentance, but sinners (the erring ones and all those not free from sin).” Mark 2:17 [AMPC]

Are you an erring one? Are there habits in your life that you wish you could change? You are the perfect candidate.

“I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners [who recognize their sin and humbly seek forgiveness].” Mark 2:17 [AMP]

Are you woefully aware of your inadequacies? Are you beating yourself up over the things you did in your past? Hey, Jesus is looking especially just for you.

You know, I chanced upon an article that compared Jesus to an abusive husband. Choose Him and He will love you forever. Reject Him, and He will abuse you forever. But that could not be further from the truth.

Jesus came to call the ones who rejected Him, telling them of the place which He has prepared for them; a place that is safe, a place that is filled with all the good things your heart could ever desire, a place He wants you to be. Now for those who reject Him, and refuse to enter into the place which He has prepared, how can they partake of that blessing? God doesn’t have to abuse those who reject Him. They are abusing themselves by depriving themselves of the blessings that flow freely and richly out of His love for them.

And is it a stretch of the imagination to realize that if there is such a thing as ‘in’ heaven, then there must be such a thing as ‘outside’ of heaven? And if all good things are ‘inside’ of heaven, then what do you think is ‘outside’ of heaven? So for those who choose to stay ‘outside’ of heaven…

Indeed, David said it best when He said,

“It is better to take refuge in Adonai
than to trust in human beings;
better to take refuge in Adonai
than to put one’s trust in princes.” Psalm 118:8-9 [CJB]

For in Adonai not only lies the power of The Lord; not that that alone is not enough; but in Adonai also lies

Adon kol-ha’arets – The Lord of all the earth
Adonei ha’adonim – Lord of lords

But most importantly, and this is especially for all of us who are going through trials right now, in Adonai lies

Adoni – My Lord
Adonai Tseva’ot – The Lord of angel armies.

The Lord, your God, your maker and your Father, is also The Lord of angel armies. And just like He did for Joshua, when you are in a fight, He comes ready, sword in hand, as the commander of the army of The Lord. Who better to fight your battles for you if not Him?

Beloved child of the Almighty God, your Father loves you and you are His. So in the face of our troubles, let us hold on to that truth and say

“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever!” Psalm 118:1 [AMPC]

Indeed, “…If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39

And let’s face the trouble with righteous defiance, filled with His peace, and know that because of Jesus, there is nothing that mere mortals can ever do to you.

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