As we live the Christian life in a sin-sick world, it’s always good to be linked to people who have our best interests in mind when it comes to our spiritual well-being. Whether they are nearby physically or thousands of miles away, their physical proximity isn’t always as important as their spiritual proximity. That’s because they’re in touch with God on our behalf and when the Lord moves in our favor due to something they prayed for concerning us, their prayers and the Lord’s answer to those prayers aren’t confined to physical locations.
If our desires and actions are rooted in a resolve to do what is pleasing to God, we will discover that God is our helper in those endeavors and that he is with those who want to genuinely uphold our souls. That’s what David realized when he was trying to avoid King Saul and penned these words in Psalm 54:4–
Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.
While he was on the run from wicked governmental, societal, and spiritual forces that wanted to put an end to him and his godly aspirations, David was betrayed by several people. Some of them pretended to be his friends. But he learned to discern who was truly on his side because they upheld his soul. In other words, they said and did things that were in line with helping him fulfill the calling and the anointing the Lord had on his life. Since he knew that God was his helper, he knew that the Lord was with whoever helped him keep his focus on the Lord’s path for him.
They often gave him encouragement, but at times gave him a loving reality check with a rebuke, which is why he said in Psalm 141:5, “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head…” Whether their words and actions were uplifting or were constructive criticism, he recognized God’s presence was with them if they kept him on the straight and narrow.
Those principles are applicable to us today as God’s saints. If wicked forces from the government, or society, or the spirit world seek to silence us, the reality of God helping us fulfill our calling and the fact he is with other saints who uphold our souls should encourage us to press forward just as it did for David. All of those forces together weren’t powerful enough to put out the Lord’s anointing on David, so David didn’t let them stop him. Let’s make it a point to have that same resolve and to thank the Lord for being with those who uphold our souls.