“When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know: for God is for me.” (Psalm 56:9)
The very nature of conflict dictates that there are two opposing sides; and if the Bible teaches anything, it is that life is a battle, a war of right against wrong, good versus evil. Some of these battles are thrust upon us, but a few of them we must initiate ourselves for the sake of conscience. Sometimes we are engaged in full-scale combat, while at other times, it’s mere skirmishes that occupy us. They’re both important, and a wise individual knows the difference between the two.
David was a man of war, and whether fighting a lion or a bear or the enemies of Israel, he was always on the right side. Therefore, he knew God was with him. He says, without hesitation, “God is for me.” He was for God, and so God was for him.
Remember when we were kids and we played competitive games with two or more teams? There was always the inevitable (and agonizing) choosing up of sides. If the captains of the teams took turns choosing players, it was always assumed they would choose the best players first; which meant, of course, that the poorest players were chosen last. I know how that feels.
I’m glad God doesn’t fill His “team” roster that way. Even though He knew I wouldn’t be the best player in the battle of life, He chose me first. Me! For some reason known only to Him, He just wanted me on His side (John 15:16). And I wanted to be on His—the winning side. My part in the great battle may be small…but I’m on the winning side; I may get wounded…but I’m on the winning side; I may lose a few campaigns…but I am on the winning side!
Any way you say them, David’s words are awesome:
GOD is for me! God is FOR me! God is for ME! Amen, Amen, Amen!