Choosing Sides

LifeLink Devotional

Friday, January 5, 2017

Psalms 124:1 If the LORD had not been on our side

I used to have so much fun playing softball with our church team. I Miss it. I honestly think I could still play, but who wants a 65-year old man writhing in pain on the ground from a torn Achilles tendon? But it is tempting. With my new lifestyle of health, and no noticeable injuries, I feel much younger than I am…or look.

One of the things I miss is the spiritual fellowship we had as men. Our team plays in a church league, and at the beginning of each game both teams meet at home plate for a time of prayer. It was always encouraging to hear some of the men pray. The consistent theme of their prayers was that through their attitudes and actions God would be glorified. They may play to win, but they don’t pray to win. They pray for God’s Name to be honored. It would be highly presumptuous and extremely arrogant for anyone to pray as if God was on their side. There is a humble recognition that we are all on God’s side.

But the spiritual battle against sin is not a softball game. We must pray that God is on our side and that we win. We must daily ask the question King David asks in today’s Psalm – (What) if the LORD had not been on our side?

Have you ever taken the time to reflect on the previous experiences in your life and ask that question? Where would you be today if the Lord had not been on your side? When I am ministering to families who have just experienced a tragic death, I constantly hear this statement – What do people do in times like this who do not have the Lord?

However, we must not become presumptuous and proud that God is on our side. To be absolutely correct in our understanding, God is not on anyone’s side. God is a side. Evil is the other side. We must choose which side we are on. God doesn’t wander around trying to figure out whose side to be on. God is constant. He never changes. He is righteous and holy and just, and He cannot move off that pinnacle of perfection. We must choose to join Him where He is, and then we can say we are on His side.

There is an old hymn entitled, Who Is On The Lord’s Side? Take a moment and let its words speak to your heart.

Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King?
Who will be His helpers, other lives to bring?
Who will leave the world’s side? Who will face the foe?
Who is on the Lord’s side? Who for Him will go?
By Thy call of mercy, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

Not for weight of glory, nor for crown and palm,
Enter we the army, raise the warrior psalm;
But for love that claimeth lives for whom He died:
He whom Jesus nameth must be on His side.
By Thy love constraining, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

Jesus, Thou hast bought us, not with gold or gem,
But with Thine own life blood, for Thy diadem;
With Thy blessing filling each who comes to Thee,
Thou hast made us willing, Thou hast made us free.
By Thy grand redemption, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

Fierce may be the conflict, strong may be the foe,
But the King’s own army none can overthrow;
’Round His standard ranging, victory is secure,
For His truth unchanging makes the triumph sure.
Joyfully enlisting, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

Chosen to be soldiers, in an alien land,
Chosen, called, and faithful, for our Captain’s band,
In the service royal, let us not grow cold;
Let us be right loyal, noble, true and bold.
Master, Thou wilt keep us, by Thy grace divine,
Always on the Lord’s side—Savior, always Thine!

Choose your side. But remember, one choice brings a permanent teammate, while the other brings a permanent opponent.

Pastor John

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