The Gut Punch of Satan
“But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.”
It’s been a bad day, everything that could go wrong has gone wrong. Have you ever been there? Have you had that day when others have said things about you that were just not true? Have you had that day when you think the death punch has hit you? If you have been in the ministry for any length of time, you have been to that point when you didn’t know how you would make it to tomorrow. If you are faithfully serving the LORD, it doesn’t take long before you feel the gut punch of Satan, and your spiritual breath has been knocked out.
It is this situation that the psalmist was talking about in the verse above. The psalmist had experienced the verbal attacks of others. He had heard the false accusations that came against him. He saw their deceitful and evil attacks against him. Yet, his response was the response you should have when you have been spiritually punched in the gut by Satan. The psalmist said when he saw the evil works against him and the false accusations spread, “But as for me…” Those four words and the actions that the psalmist did are the same things you should do when you find yourself in his situation. Let me share with you five actions you should take when you find yourself feeling the gut punch of Satan.
First, but as for me, I will continue to serve God. The psalmist continued to go to the house of God, and you should continue serving the LORD. Never let Satan’s gut punch stop you from going to church. You will often find the encouragement you need when you go to church. The worst thing you could do is to let Satan’s gut punch to stop you from going to church.
Second, but as for me, I will continue to do right. The psalmist continued to pray and do right when Satan’s gut punch knocked out his spiritual breath. The best action to take when you have felt Satan’s punch is to continue doing right. There is nothing that will frustrate Satan more than to see God’s people continue doing right after he has punched them in the gut.
Third, but as for me, I will not react with attacks. This action takes restraint and character. The psalmist chose not to counter-attack even though he wanted to speak his mind. Don’t let the works of iniquity cause you to respond in their evil ways. The best way to overcome attacks and evil works is to ignore them and continue to go on. Your silence and continued righteous works in spite of Satan’s gut punch speaks more volume than if you responded with your own attacks.
Fourth, but as for me, I will trust God to deal with them. The psalmist chose to let God deal with the workers of iniquity. God can take care of the evil workers much better than you can. My friend, God will take care of you. Leave the revenge factor up to God.
Fifth, but as for me, I will do more right. When you have had a bad day, go do something more for the LORD. When you have had a bad day, go soul winning. Stepping up what you do for God is always the best response to Satan’s gut punch. You will find that the best way to get your spiritual breath back after Satan has gut-punched you is to go do more righteous works for God.