There is a big difference between power and influence. Power comes from a position we have in a group or organization. We gain influence by what we know or are able to do. In our relationship with God, He has all of the power and He uses it to shape us into the plan He has for us. But we can go to Him in prayer and ask Him to grant us His power to overcome some sin in our life and bring hope, healing and wholeness to us or our loved ones when we are sick or broken.
Our Psalmist reminds us of this important fact. When we feel alone or abandoned, depressed or have a doubt about God’s care or concern for us, he reminds us to look to God for help: “Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.”
Unfortunately, we do not know what was going on in the life of the writer. He may have been facing a life-threatening illness, grieving over the loss of a loved one or perhaps facing financial disaster. He reminds us that “it” made no difference. Whatever problem he was facing or whatever disaster may have been on the horizon or whatever sickness may have stricken him no one could have made a difference in his life but God.
“Unless the Lord...,” he wrote. Not “unless I find” or “a friend helps me find” the right physician or the right attorney or the right banker. No. He realized the limitations of man. His situation was beyond them. But he knew first hand that only his Lord could rescue him.
Prayer: What a blessed reality it is to know, Lord, that You have the power to solve any problem we have. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 94:17 Unless the Lord had been my help, My soul would soon have settled in silence.