The Strongest saint is infirm and liable to fall. “When I fall” Sin within and temptation without may overcome a person.
Disasters may come such as what happened to Job. The darkness of doubt, captivity and mysterious providence may come.
Clouds may hang over you, and friends may desert you and shadows may seem to hide God from you. “When I fall, I shall rise” (v.8)
There is a possibility of godly men falling into great trouble.
Who was the enemy here, Babylon, Edom, are Satan? are does it really matter? We know that Satan is our enemy and he will use any means to destroy us if possible, Note (I.Peter 5:8) “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
All godly men have had there enemies in life. David had Saul, and the early years of the church had Saul of Tarson.
We are liable to many falls We might fall from health to sickness. We might fall from wealth to poverty. We may fall from friendship to desolation, note (II.Tim 4:16 9
“At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.”
Of all these falls, the greatest fall of all would be to fall from our morals, the fall of our character.
To this the best of men are liable, men such as Moses, David and Peter.
In time of darkness, in times of troubles, we are subject to fall. “When I set in darkness (v.8)
When sin is strong and grace is weak, when comforts fail and sorrows multiply, when faith yields and unbelief prevails, when we search for God and find him not, then he will help and fill our hearts with light and gladness, “The Lord shall be a light to me.” (v.8)
When the clouds are black above, and our way is dark, and we no not where to go, when every fresh turn of events serves to increase our perplexity, when the sense through which we pass defy all mortal wisdom, then he will disperse the gloom and reveal our way before us.
Yes disappointment is a cloud, remorse is a cloud, despair is a cloud and in life we have all faced these things. Notices what Solomon said in (Prov.24:16) “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.”
Note the possibility of good men being gloriously sustained in times of trouble. Notices what Micah stated in (v.7) “Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation,”
The godly man has a power within him, with the Divine help, of lifting our soul above the crushing cares of suffering and sorrows of life. How do we over come? By looking to the Lord , “Therefore I will look unto the Lord.”
If we fasten our eyes on the sun we will become unconscious of the small things around us. Notices Peter’s request in (Mt.14:28) “ And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.”
All was well until he took his eyes off Jesus. The person which feels God to be the grand object in his horizon can scarcely fail to be optimistic and courageous.
How do we over come,? by waiting upon God. “ I will wait for the God of my salvation.”
God is sure to come to our deliverance, it is only a question of time, and we must wait. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not grow weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Is.40:31)
The farmer waits for the winter to pass, knowing that the spring will surely come, so the godly person, in trial, waits for God’s approach.
How do we over come? by trusting God,” My God will hear me,” (v.7) He has promised to hear us, he has heard our prayers in the pass, he is a prayer-hearing God. Isaiah declared in (Ch. 66:2) “But to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and tremble at my word.”
How do we over come? By submitting to God. “I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him.” (v.9) We must say, I will not repine nor rebel under my suffering. We must say, I will bow to God’s will.
How do we over come? By placing our hope in the Lord. “He will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.” (v.9)
The scripture declares, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh with the morning.” (Ps.30:5) Let us rise in courage and ever triumph in the greatest calamities.
Through we may suck in the deepest affliction, Let us look our enemies in the face and say, “Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise.” Though I an down, I shall rise again.