Plead my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with me: fight against them that fight against me.Psalm 35:1
Wave after wave Crash after crash Hear the mighty ocean roar It pounds and pushes its way Up against the ever-changing shore Rock after rock Shell after shell Receive the same fierce blow It wallops and smacks onto Everything - which is out of our control Time after time Again and again We try to fight it ourselves Instead of being content And buoying along with the swells
The wave that sweeps over the great rock is the same that sweeps over the tiny shell on the shore.
It is the littlest things of life, the minute, unimportant-looking things that are most likely to shatter our peace. Because they are so small, it is most likely that we will fight them ourselves instead of looking up at once to our Strong God – our Barrier between us and them, as the pillar of cloud formed a barricade between the Egyptians and Israel (Exodus 14:20).
“Fight against them that fight against me…” that is to say, against the little foolish feelings that want to keep us back from saying to the blessed will of God, “I am content to do whatever you say – fight against these pursuing feelings, O God!”
What joy our lives can be – when we continually prove His tenderness in the very little things. There is nothing too small of Him to help. He is indeed a Barrier between us and our pursuers.
Amy Carmichael, Edges of HIs Ways, p. 137.