“He will guard the feet of His saints, But the wicked shall be silent in darkness. For by strength no man shall prevail.”
Do you want to win in life? Do you want to overcome life’s adversities and troubles? Then you have to look to the Lord God of heaven and earth. Like Hannah, who spoke the words of our verse for today, you have to go to Him in prayer and receive from Him what you need. Hannah went before the Lord in prayer and overcame the shame and heartache of infertility. In gratitude, she spoke a psalm of praise to the Lord that lists many of the wonderful things we can expect from Him (1 Samuel 2:1-10). Our verse is a part of what she said.
First, “He will guard the feet of his saints.” It is the Lord that keeps people from stumbling in their walk of life before Him. David said, “You have delivered my soul from death. Have You not kept my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?” (Psalm 56:13). and Moses said, “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone” (Psalm 91:11-12). Indeed, even if we do fall, we shall not be utterly cast down, because the Lord upholds us with His hand (Psalm 37:24).
Second, “But the wicked shall be silent in darkness.” The wicked do not have the help of the Lord in their walk of life. As a result, “They meet with darkness in the daytime, And they grope at noontime as in the night” (Job 5:14). Even worse, the Lord is opposed to them: “But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction; bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out their days” (Psalm 55:23).
Third, “For by strength no man shall prevail.” The reason why the wicked fail in the walk of life is because they think they can prevail by their own strength. The people of God, on the other hand, prevail because they realize it all depends on the Lord. “‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of Hosts” (Zechariah 4:6).
Hannah’s message, then, is clear: look not to the world or the flesh for power in this life; look only to the Lord for protection and success.