“The Lord works righteousness and justice
for all the oppressed.”
When the “battle” seems fierce, our tendency can be to take our gaze away from God and place it on our outwardly or inwardly circumstances. There are many occasions when our inner battle is more fierce than our outward battle because of our enemy’s ability to cloud our minds' focus from the truth of who we are in Christ and the promises of God to us. The enemy seeks these opportunities to defeat us spiritually, emotionally, mentally, physically, and relationally. These are all aspects of our lives in which God created us in His image as holistic beings to be in relationship with Him, but are all areas of our lives where we can be attacked by the “flaming arrows of the enemy” (Ephesians 6:6). The dark or demonic forces of the “heavenly realms” spoken of by the Apostle Paul in Ephesians, are not physical cartoon-like demons lurking around every corner, but rather spiritual beings used of our enemy to whisper subtle lies into the deepest recesses of our souls in order to distract us, disillusion us, and to distort the very truth of the word of God.
In verse six of Psalm 103, David writes, “The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed,” meaning that when we experience any type of ‘oppression’ God remains faithful to be with us, never leaving us, all the while fulfilling His promise to “complete the good work he has begun in us.” (Philippians 1:6) Some of the less visible broken aspects of the human condition in this world such as depression, anxiety, uncertainty about the future, or simply the heaviness of life can cause a sense of oppression – which in turn can cause feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and powerlessness. We can, if not careful and alert, be drawn away by our thoughts, feelings, and the subtle lies whispered by our enemy – losing sight of the very promises of God regarding who we are in Him, and His promises to carry out His plans for our lives. Our enemy and his dark forces would surely despise us at any point claiming the very truth of God that sets us free, because with freedom comes transformation, and ultimately, with transformation in Christ comes lives redeemed for His glory and purposes.
Remember today that God is decisively drawn to those who are hurting, oppressed, and weighed down by the heaviness of this life’s journey. When and if we arrive in such a place, our first step toward renewed hope and freedom in Christ is total, complete surrender of every area of our lives to the Lord, trusting in His promises. He will work out His righteousness within us, even as we experience oppression of many kinds whether outwardly or inwardly. There is always help, hope, and power available to us in Christ our Savior, the promises of God’s word, and through the Holy Spirit within us as we seek the Lord in knowledge, prayer, and daily surrender to Him in humility.
Connecting Faith & Life:
Father, thank You for Your compassion and mercy toward those who feel oppressed along life’s journey. You promise to hear our cry as we call out to you when we experience oppression of any kind, but especially the outcry of those walking through the less visible broken aspects of the human condition. Lord, You are faithful to draw near to us in seasons when oppression takes the form of crushing anxiety, dark depression, or overwhelming life circumstances as we surrender these areas of our lives to You. Thank You for the true hope, renewed life, and restored strength You provide for us as we draw near to You, and You in turn, draw near to us. (James 4:8) In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.