Confidence That Dispels Fear

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Confidence

No doubt each one of us has been a prisoner of fear at one time or another. It might be the fear of rejection, misunderstanding, uncertainty, sickness, or even death, but the Lord wants us to conquer it. This Psalm opens with David voicing his confidence in God. based on:

  1. The Lord’s  personal dealings with him (v. 1). Notice his use of the personal pronouns “I” and “my” of His light, salvation and strength.
  2. The Lord’s past dealings with him (v. 2). David’s enemies had never been able to do him harm. Time and again when things seemed hopeless God had stepped in and delivered him.
  3. The Lord’s promised dealings with  him (v. 3). David’s assurance, no doubt, had its roots in the fact that  Samuel had anointed him king. God had promised him the throne and no man could prevent him from sitting on it.

There are two things that David wanted with all of his heart:

  1. The presence of the Lord (v. 4). Even though he had to flee from his enemies and could not go to the temple to worship his greatest desire was for fellowship with the Lord.
  2. The protection of the Lord (vv. 5-7). He cries out for the Lord to hide him (v. 5), and asks the Lord to help him (v. 6). His situation is very serious, but David has total confidence in God’s ability to protect him (v. 7).

We often run to God when we experience difficulties. As believers we can call on God for help at any time. However many of our problems could be avoided if taken to God beforehand.

Application

There are some things God has promised to do for me in the future? I need to share some of these with others even when I may be going through a tough time.

Psalms 27:1-7 (English Standard Version)

The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD. Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me!

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