The voice of my enemy
"Even the great King David... battled fear. Brothers and sisters, do not let the fact that we have struggles, fears, and doubts cause us to question the authenticity of our relationship with our Lord..."
“Because of the voice of the enemy… My heart is severely pained within me,” (Psalm 55:3-4)
Even the great King David, the "man after God’s own heart," at times battled fear, worry, and doubt. Certainly we, as mere men and women, are not different than he. Brothers and sisters, do not let the fact that we have struggles, fears, and doubts cause us to question the authenticity of our relationship with our Lord. Rarely, with the exception of a small few (such as Joseph), does the bible ever record any of our heroes, our examples, being without error in the way of growing weary and worried.
In a world that is full of chaos and that is contrary to the way of God (the way which we walk) we are certain to face adversity and opposition at every turn. The secret to victory, spiritual power, and heavenly peace is not finding the path free of opposition - but rather learning, while on that path, to keep our eyes on Jesus; to keep our ears tuned in to what He has spoken and declared. We must refuse to believe the report of the enemy. He is a liar; that’s all that he has ever been or ever will be (John 8:44).
Our text answers for us the question concerning the source of David’s pain – “Because of the voice of the enemy." May God grant us the wisdom to learn from David’s error that we might not spend our days in sorrow and needless discouragement. The problem was simple and the solution equally so. David was listening to the wrong voice – the voice “of the enemy”. Our enemy has a voice and rest assured that he has no intentions of being silenced. Our enemy will never quit threatening us, at least not on this side of the battle. His very title is “the accuser of the brethren” (Rev. 12:10). Satan, through every means possible, will spew the poison of accusation and threats at every opportune moment he can find. We however, must be aware of his wicked schemes and be ever sensitive to hearing only what our God has declared, and believing only what God has said. We must refuse to listen to ‘the voice of the enemy’. We must refuse to believe the report of that liar.
Our God is greater. Our God is in control. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4). When our hearts listen to and hear what God has declared then God's peace will rule within. When our hearts are convinced that we are who God says we are; that we have what God says we have; and that we can do what God ways we can do – then discouragement will flee and faith will arise. Lift your heads up you children of God! Your Father holds the whole world in His hands. The devil is liar; his threats are empty and his power to carry them out has been destroyed on the cross (1 John 3:8). We have nothing to fear for our Father loves us with a perfect love and “perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).