I think that sometimes God speaks to us through the songs that get stuck in our heads. Over a week ago in church, we sang Open Up Our Eyes by Elevation worship. Here’s a YouTube link to the song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCO8XLs5TOY. The part I keep hearing is…
Our God is fighting for us always
Our God is fighting for us all
Our God is fighting for us always
We are not alone, we are not alone
Even if we’re surrounded by people, it’s easy to feel alone. That no one understands the fight, struggles, and concerns we face – or that anyone seems to care. Alone in a sea of faces. I know, I’ve lived there and still find myself there at times. The quiet loner, one of the invisible ones. It’s not true, of course, but life can feel that way at times. Perhaps it also feels that way for you.
There are battles we must face alone. Especially those times when hopelessness and isolation swamp our hearts. Feelings that others can’t understand and are impossible for us to explain. In those times, consider this promise from God, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10, NLT) On our side of this verse, we may feel afraid and discouraged. But God counters with two declarations and three promises.
Dwell on this and feel the enormity of it. God is with you, and He is your God. He is there even in our most alone moments and revels in His relationship with you. You are claimed and accepted by Him. We may not always see it, understand it, or feel it. But God, our God, is with us – always.
The Psalmist put it this way – “I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night— but even in darkness I cannot hide from you. To you the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.” (Psalm 139:7–12, NLT)
But the promise is more than just being there. God promises to strengthen you, to help you, and to hold you up with His victorious right hand. God is fighting for you. There are some victories in which we are not strong enough to win. Burdens and sorrows which we are not strong enough to carry. But God is strong enough. The key here is to let Him be our strength in our weakness.
This reliance on God is not a promise that all in our world will be made right and perfect. But in our own heart, in those times we feel unloved, unwanted, alone, hopeless, weak, helpless, misunderstood, and invisible that God is with us and is fighting the battle with us and for us. As David sang, “I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:1–3, NLT)
Our prayer today is taken from the Elevation Worship song we began with. “Open up our eyes, surround us with Your light – Your love endures forever.” Open our eyes, Lord to see you always. In our deepest pit and our highest victory, let us see you there and remind us that we are never alone.