Last week I was reading a few Psalms and this verse jumped out at me:
“This I know, that God is for me” (Psalm 56:9).
As awesome as it is to know “that God is for me,” the first three words are what grabbed me—this I know.
Those three words strengthen me time and again. Those three words help me to cling to God in every situation. In particular, when challenges arise, I always ask myself, What do I know to be true?
There is so much that God makes known through His word. It is an endless treasure of truth to stand on. Yet, there are a few key truths I turn to each and every time. I’d love to share these three:
This I know—that God is sovereign.
I often call to mind King Nebuchadnezzar, who thought he was supremely sovereign as he gazed at the city of Babylon from the roof of his royal palace, saying, “Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?” (Daniel 4:30)
Nebuchadnezzar had every reason to think he was a supreme ruler. Babylon was the world’s greatest power, and in his dominance, Nebuchadnezzar had even taken captive God’s people and desecrated the temple of God in Jerusalem. But what Nebuchadnezzar didn’t understand was that this was all part of God’s plan. The king was but an instrument in God’s hands.
When God saw that Nebuchadnezzar was clearly confused (read: prideful), He removed earthly sovereignty from the king and told him he would become as a beast of the field—until the king recognized that “the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind, and bestows it on whomever He wishes” (Daniel 4:32).
That word was fulfilled, and at the end of the designated period, Nebuchadnezzar did recognize who was truly sovereign. He praised God, saying:
“For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
And His kingdom endures from generation to generation.
And all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
But He does according to His will in the host of heaven
And among the inhabitants of earth;
And no one can ward off His hand
Or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’” Daniel 4:34-35
I think of this passage and so many others when storms blow into my life, when the world seems in chaos, when I can’t find clarity, when I’m powerless to help others who are going through . . . When I remember this I know—that God is sovereign, I am filled with peace. I know He’s in control. Though I may not see or understand what He’s doing, He is ruling, with all power. He knows the end from the beginning, and is in no way surprised by whatever has unfolded. And He has a plan as to how He will work it together for my good and His glory. This truth brings stability and shores up my trust in Him.
This I know—that nothing is too hard for God.
When Sarah laughed after hearing that she would bear a son in her old age, God had a response. He told Abraham, “Is anything too difficult for the LORD?” (Genesis 18:14). Don’t you love that He made it a question?
He asked Jeremiah the same question as he ministered during a difficult time in the Southern Kingdom of Judah, right before King Nebuchadnezzar invaded. God said to Jeremiah: “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27)
Is anything? It’s as if God is saying, Come on, tell me one thing.
There’s not one thing that’s too difficult for God.
This truth has worn a wonderful groove in my mind. For us, yes, many situations are too hard. We don’t have the power to overcome. Often we don’t even have the wisdom to know what the next step should be. But for our almighty God, nothing is too hard. Cling to this truth. He is able.
This I know—that God is faithful.
Oh, how this comforts my heart always. It encompasses so much. God is faithful to keep His word, indeed, He is watching over His word to perform it (Jeremiah 1:12). He is faithful to protect and strengthen us. He is faithful to love us unconditionally. He is faithful to forgive us (1 John 1:9). He is faithful to lead, guide, and direct us. He is faithful to fulfill His promises toward us.
“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.” 1 Thessalonians 5:24
“God is faithful, through whom you were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9
I can rest, knowing God is faithful. I can hope when I don’t see hope and praise Him through tears—knowing He is faithful. I know He sees me, and He loves me. I know that He is perfecting what concerns me, because He is faithful.
When we cling to God, we are clinging to His word—clinging to truth. Whatever the day may bring, call to mind eternal truth. Say to your soul—This I Know.