PSALM 118:5-6 I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place. 6. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
This Psalm of David begins and ends the same way. Verses 1 & 29 O give thanks to the Lord for He is good; for His mercy and loving kindness endure forever. That is how we come into His house or presence. David is praying for deliverance from all nations (vs. 10). In other words the whole world is against him. But he is not afraid.
It is in our sinful nature to fear. How does he say that he will not fear? David seems to have always fought battles that he knew he could not win on his own. He fought a lion and a bear before he came against Goliath who was 10 feet tall. His life was one trial after another, victory after victory. He had experienced the actuality of the Lord being on His side.
1 Samuel 17:11 says, “When Saul and all Israel heard the words of the Philistine (Goliath), they were dismayed and greatly afraid.” They were all well equipped soldiers and knew how to fight. David watched his fathers sheep.
Faith is the difference. The Lord is the author and finisher of our faith, but we have to cooperate with the Holy Spirit. When trials come we can react in fear and dismay and run the other way or we can not walk around it and believe that the Lord is on our side.
I have a stomach problem that shows up only when I am afraid. I have had it for years and I know when it flares up there is fear in my heart that needs to go. If I had gone to the doctor about this I would be on medication or I am sure by now would have had surgery. But my fear would still be in my heart, and the flare ups would continue.
When we allow fear, unforgiveness or fretfulness of some sort to linger it will eventually show up in our body. We need the healing of the spirit that only Jesus can perform. There is no medicine or surgery that can heal the spirit. If we continue with these types of sins that are hard to detect, we will continue being sick. How many times have you gone to the doctor and ignored the spiritual problem that you might have?
I am thankful for my stomach problem because it is a tool in the Hand of the Lord that He uses to help me. David had trials but he relied not on man but on the Lord. Saul and the soldiers had fear and dismay. They relied on their leader and their own strength which was not enough.
We do not have to fight lions, bears or 10 feet tall giants but we do have an enemy who comes to steal, kill and destroy. The only way to know the Lord is on your side is to fight the battle He sends His way. If you really pray and seek His will for you next time you think you need a doctor, He will make it clear to you just what He wants you to do.
David called upon the Lord and He answered him in verse 5. Then in verses 8 and 9 he says it is better to put your trust in the Lord than in man. Do you trust some man to know all of your physical and spiritual needs? He cannot possibly know what you really need no matter how many tests he runs. Why go anywhere else for help?
The man of God had called upon the Lord when he was not in distress, therefore he found it natural and easy to call on Him when he was in distress. He worshipped, he praised, he prayed, for all this is included in calling on the Lord.