Steadfast and Stouthearted

from Lynda Lindsey

Have You not rejected us, O God? You do not go out, O God, with our armies. Oh grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man! With God we shall do valiantly; it is He who will tread down our foes. Psalm 108:11-13

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! Let your glory be over all the earth! That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer me! Psalm 108:5-6

And he (Moses) said to him (the Lord), “If your presence will not go with me, do not bring us up from here. For how shall it be known that I have found favor in your sight, I and your people? Is it not in your going with us, so that we are distinct, I and your people, from every other people on the face of the earth?” Exodus 33:15-16

Facing danger, yet with a steadfast heart, the Psalmist pours out his praise to God, singing and thanking God for His steadfast love and faithfulness. David, fully confident that God will fulfill His holy promises, not only asks for deliverance and salvation, but asks with complete assurance that God will answer. David understood that unless God goes with His people, salvation is vain, but with God, we shall do valiantly! Moses, another godly leader, also asked for the very presence of the Lord, not just the Lord’s angel, to accompany the people on their journey into the Promised Land. 

With God we shall do valiantly; we will be steadfast, stouthearted, and courageous in the face of danger. Our knees may knock, but we will fight the good fight of faith, bold in spirit. God delights to step in and tread mightily against our foes when we are outnumbered and facing certain defeat, for then we cannot claim victory by our own power, strength, or cleverness. It is then that both we and our enemies see a God like no other God! Be bold, be strong, be of good courage. Valor and victory come with God in our midst.

God is a God of steadfast love and faithfulness. God is steadfast in character, He doesn’t need to practice steadfastness, it’s who He is. With our mind stayed on God we can face danger with steadfast hearts, but we, unlike God, must practice steadfastness. Every trial and battle, every adversity becomes an opportunity to practice radical God-dependence, to practice being resolute and unshakable, to resist compromise. Want to be steadfast and stouthearted? Want to do valiantly? Join forces with the triune God. It is He who brings deliverance and it is He who gives salvation!