David wrote Psalm 26. Listen to his words. Verse 2-3 says, “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my mind and my heart. For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes.”
Our fiery trials refine or examine our faith. I think of Jeremiah (Lamentations 3:1-27), Habakkuk (3:16-19), and Asaph’s (Psalm 77:1-15) words from their refining crucibles. Each one was in dire straits. Their hearts were revealed through their words. Each were spiraling down in their thoughts, but then they recalled God’s lovingkindness.
I am not a Hebrew scholar, but there is a note in my Bible about mercies I want to share with you. It is hesed which means covenant love or steadfast love. Lamentations 3:22 says, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.”
The enemy of our soul wants us destroyed because we are made in the image of God. He hates Christ followers. His evil strategy is to shoot fiery dart lies that will penetrate. They come in the first person. “You are no good” type lies. If we believe them, they will control our thoughts, purpose, and actions.
We may not even be aware of them. They are hidden in our heart to sabotage our faith. Remember when Jesus was in the wilderness He was tempted by satan. Luke 4:13 says, “Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.”
Ephesians 4:27 Amplified says, “Leave no (such) room or foothold for the devil (give no opportunity to him).” We cannot be lax in our faith building. Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing His word. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God. That is why satan attacks our faith through any way he can.
However, we have a marvelous effective weapon. Ephesians 6:16 says, “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”