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Wait on the Lord

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. Psalm 27:1-3

For a man who loved God, who wanted to spend time with God and to know the presence of God in his life, David made a lot of mistakes morally and he experienced his fair share of warfare physically.  To me, that sounds all too familiar. Maybe that’s why David is everyone’s favorite because his life so closely reminds us of our own experiences, so we relate to him.

He begins Psalm 27 with a reflection on the past. Like David, it could that you are also thinking about all of the trials, battles and warfare you have faced. Jesus promised us that in this world there will be many tribulations, yet He has overcome the world.  Paul told his readers in Acts 14:22 that we must, through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.

Many people live their lives afraid of the future. They think “what if my husband leaves me, what if I get cancer, lose my job or my 401k tanks?”  In verse 1, David writes “whom shall I fear?” I think this is a fair question because in this life, we are often surrounded by bleak circumstances.

After considering all the trials he faced in his past, and thinking of enemies he might have to conquer in his future, David remembered the Lord, how God faithfully delivered him and gave him victory over everything he faced.  At the end of verse  3, David declared “in this I will be confident.” 

How did David conquer his fears? First, he said the Lord was his light and strength. In the scriptures, light speaks of the knowledge of God’s word.  David discovered that the scriptures brought light to his circumstances because he was seeeing things now thorugh the eyes of faith. He now had wisdom to solve problems, knowledge of how to deal with enemies, and guidance for his daily walk with God.  This is what David discovered about God’s work, have you?

If you are struggling with emotions like fear, why not make a decision to become like David, a student of the bible.  Read it each day. Go all the way through the bible from beginning to end. Memorize keys verses, recite them to yourself. Truly God’s word, the bible, is a light for us as we walk through dark places. 

David also declared “the Lord is the strength of my life.” We often come to the end of our abilities during a trial.  We become weary from the struggle. We don’t want to push through it, so we just give up the fight.  But God is all powerful and stronger than any enemy you will ever face and when we are weak, then He is still strong.

David was Israel’s greatest king.  Did he do everything correctly?  No, he didn’t. Did he make major mistakes? Yes, indeed, for they are recorded for all the world to see.  Yet, he was a man after God’s own heart because he never lost his perspective that God was with him no matter what he faced in life.

So Christian, we will no doubt find an enemy behind every hedge but have courage to face your fears with faith.  Read your bible, pray about circumstances, stay in church, trust the Lord and He will strengthen your heart.

“Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Bob

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