An Exuberant Declaration of Faith
A Psalm of David.
1 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? 2 When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident. 4 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.
5 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. 6 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.
7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 8 When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
9 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. 10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me.
11 Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. 12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and such as breathe out violence. 13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!
The following commentary is from Warren W. Wiersbe’s book ‘BE Worshipful’.
David was confident (v.3), courageous (v.14), and unafraid (v. 1). David teaches us that when we know the Lord and trust Him, He helps us overcome the fears that can paralyze our lives.
Fear of Circumstances (vv. 1-6). David didn’t close his eyes to the circumstances around him: rather, he looked by faith to the Lord and examined his circumstances from Heaven’s point of view (Heb. 12:1-3). The Lord was everything he needed just as He is everything we need today. He is our light, so we need not fear because of darkness; He is our strength (or stronghold; see 18:2…), so we need not fear because of our weakness; and He is our salvation, so the victory is sure……No matter what the tactics might be, the enemy didn’t frighten David. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31)……The secret of David’s public confidence was his private obedience. He took time to fellowship with the Lord and get directions from Him……The word ‘beauty’ in verse 4 means not only the glory of God’s character but also the richness of his goodness and favor to His people (16:11….). Gavid took time to meditate and to contemplate the wonders of God’s grace. He came away from his times of worship feeling the rock under his feeet and seeing above and beyond the enemy to the victory God had prepared……
Fear of Failure (vv. 7-10). David’s confidence in the Lord didn’t prevent him from being concerned about himself, for he knew he was a sinner and a man of clay. It’s one thing to behold the Lord in the sanctuary and quite something else to seee the enemy approaching on the battlefield……When the Lord’s face “shines upon us” (Num. 6:22-27), it means He is pleased with us and will help us; when His face is turned from us, He is displeased (69:16-18; 143:7), and we must search our hearts and confess our sins……God cares for us as a father and mother care for their children (Isa. 49:15; 63:16); and though it’s unlikely that parents would abandon their children, it’s certain that God never forsakes His own (Heb. 13:5-6).
Fear of the Future (vv. 11-14). Did David write these words after he had won the battle? As a wise soldier, he realized that one victory did not guarantee that the enemy would stop attacking……David believed that God’s goodness followed him (23:6) and also anticipated him (21:3), that God stored up goodness to use when it was needed (31:19). God’s goodness never ran out (52:1), for David could go into God’s house (presence) and receive all he needed (65:4). The key was faith in God. Instead of rushing ahead, David calmly waited on the Lord, for faith and patience always go together Isa. 28:16….)……If Jesus is your Savior and Lord, then the future is your friend, and you have nothing to fear.
I wish everyone a very blessed day.