The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident.
One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Do not hide Your face from me; do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me.
Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and such as breathe out violence. I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord! (Psalm 27; a psalm of David)
The Joy Of God’s Grace
There are many things that can bring dread or fear in life. For the righteous, it can be the persecution from those who deny God who seek the lives of those who oppose them. For David this was a very present trouble and he knew the only hope he had was to trust in the Lord for deliverance. The wicked sought to destroy him but he did not fear. His enemies camped around him to no avail for David entrusted his faith in the One who could deliver him. He learned early in life facing the lion and the bear that having a faithful heart in the Lord would bring him victory. Waiting on the Lord to carry out His work was a lesson David clung to as his adversaries swirled around him breathing out violence and false witness. The man after God’s heart left a message of hope, courage and faith when he exhorted the faithful to wait on the Lord, be of good courage and feel the strength of God’s love in their hearts as they trust in Him.
The only light that will guide man through the dark vales of life is found in the Lord. God is the true light and He is the salvation of all those who wait on Him. Fear is cast out with a perfect love for the power of God to overcome evil. Regardless of the trials that are faced in life, confidence reigns through the knowledge the Father will protect His children. Righteousness will always be victorious and unrighteousness will be defeated. There is nothing that can cast down the spirit of the child of God when they trust in the Lord. Worship is the means that brings strength to the soul of the righteous. Dwelling in the house of the Lord to behold the beauty of God is where strength comes from. In times of distress the Father will overshadow His children. He will hide them in His pavilion, upon a high rock and protect them from being destroyed. Victory comes through the lips that sing praises to the glory of the Lord.
Prayer is the powerful tool that connects the righteous with the spirit of God. Faith is built upon the foundation of knowing God’s word. The Father wants His children to seek His face. He will never forsake His children. God will not abandon those who seek Him and desire His face. David boldly said that his father and mother could forsake him but he knew the Lord never would. God will always take care of His children. What is there to fear knowing that God’s love is so great and reassuring and present in time of need? Learning about the will of the Father will fill the heart with the courage to stand against the trials of life. Believing firmly in His promises will bolster the heart with trust to overcome. Man can be so impatient. Waiting on the Lord and letting Him have His perfect work will bring courage and strengthen the heart. Learning to use the power of God in the affairs of life is the strength of life. What is there to fear when one trusts in the Lord? Wait on the Lord and be of good courage. Wait, I say, on the Lord.