What can man do to me?

“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” — Psalms‬ ‭118:6‬

The psalmist transitions from declaring the steadfast love of the Lord in verses 1-4, to a personal testimony declaration in verse 5, “Out of my distress I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.” Because of God’s steadfast love, and his experience of this love, we see him now move to an anxiety-killing, fear-incinerating conclusion, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

He reminds himself, and his readers, of the immutable love of God. Then reminds himself, and his readers, of a time that he cried out to the Lord in weakness, and the Lord responded. These two realities lead him to still waters, and a glorious conclusion.

In this verse, the Lord, is referring to the proper name of God, Yahweh, not simply master. This is a personal, and intimate calling on the name of the Lord. The distress call that he experienced was far more than a 911 call to the authorities, but rather a child’s distress call to their Heavenly Father.

All believers should partake in this joyful thought process. Look to the cross to see the unassailable love of God for you. Look to His Word for a sure answer to any problem. Then think back to a time in which you called on His name in helplessness, and He answered you. Then with the Psalmist declare this wonderful truth, “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

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