6 So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Since the Christian knows that God will never abandon or desert him, he claims God’s promises regarding his future.
“So” means so that.
we may boldly say:
The following is a quotation from Psalm 118:6. This psalm is a messianic psalm that Jesus fulfilled. It is something Christians can “say” or claim today.
“The Lord is my helper;
God is willing and ready to afford the believer of what he or she needs.
I will not fear.
The believer applies the truth that God will help him in any situation so that he will not allow fear to grasp his attitude.
What can man do to me?”
If we have a proper relationship to God, material things are transient. Man can do nothing to the believer outside God’s sovereign control.
“A man with God is always in the majority” (John Knox).
Material things are temporary; we will lose it all one day (Prov 23:5). That is why we should be content with what we have (1 Ti 6:6-8). Discontentment leads to dissatisfaction with life. We do not deserve anything from God except discipline. Anything He provides is a matter of His grace toward us (Ge 32:10).
The believer who accepts God’s sovereign plan and governance over her life has a sense of contentment with where she is in life. This is a person who knows God is working everything in her life for good (Ro 8:28). God knows our needs better than we do (Lu 12:30).
God treats Christians as individuals. In one case He may give great wealth, but in the other, He may allow the person to live in poverty. The Lord provides each believer contentment no matter his or her circumstance. There is no reason for them in either circumstance to be afraid if they accept God’s sovereign care on their lives (1 Pe 5:7). They know He is faithful to them no matter what the problem may be in their lives.