“I called on your name, O Lord, from the depths of the pit; you heard my plea, ‘Do not close your ear to my cry for help!’ You came near when I called on you; you said, ‘Do not fear!’ “You have taken up my cause, O Lord; you have redeemed my life…”
The Lord has taken up my cause. He has not taken up my cause that I obtain the latest gadget or gain popularity or receive a great job promotion. He has taken up the cause of redeeming my life from the depths of the pit.
In the darkness of despair, from the bottom of the pit, I cry out, “God save me!” And the Lord takes up my cause. He does what I cannot do – he makes me eternally secure in him.
As children of God we are always under his care. He has drawn near to us and drawn us near to him. His ear is close by our lips and he hears our every cry. In the darkness we hear his words, “Do not fear!” The sovereign creator of all things assures us that this situation is under his control.
As Peter says, do not think it strange when you face trials of various kinds (1 Peter 4:12). God is using your hardship for your growth and for his glory. We do not fear all the fiery darts of the evil one for we know that God has redeemed our lives. He has taken up our cause and has already won victory over sin and the grave.
Live with joy, ye saints of God! The Lord has taken up your cause. Your life is secure in him. The darkness has been destroyed with the light of Christ and though you might be walking in the valley of the shadow of death, all around shines the light of God’s redeeming love.