Evening, July 13, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back; this I know, because God is for me.” — Psalm 56:9
It is impossible for any human speech to express the full meaning of this delightful phrase, “God is for me.” He was “for us” before the worlds were made; he was “for us,” or he would not have given his much beloved son; he was “for us” when he struck the Only-begotten, and laid the full weight of his wrath upon him–he was “for us,” though he was against him; he was “for us,” when we were ruined in the fall–he loved us despite all; he was “for us,” when we were rebels against him, and with a dismissive hand were bidding him defiance; he was “for us,” or he would not have brought us humbly to seek his face. He has been “for us” in many struggles; we have been summoned to encounter all sorts of dangers; we have been assailed by temptations from outside and inside–how could we have remained unharmed up to this point if he had not been “for us”? He is “for us,” with all the infinity of his being; with all the omnipotence of his love; with all the infallibility of his wisdom; arrayed in all his divine attributes, he is “for us,”–eternally and unchangeably “for us”; “for us” when the blue skies shall be rolled up like a worn-out jacket; “for us” throughout eternity. And because he is “for us,” the voice of prayer will always ensure his help. “When I cry out to you, then my enemies will turn back.” This is no uncertain hope, but a well-grounded assurance–“this I know.” I will direct my prayer to you, and will look up for the answer, assured that it will come, and that my enemies shall be defeated, “for God is for me.” Oh believer, how happy you are, with the King of kings on your side! How safe with such a Protector! How sure your cause is plead by such an Advocate! If God be for you, who can be against you?