Psalms of Honesty and Truth
We humans have fear built into our being it seems. Some fear is healthy because it makes us pay attention to all that evil around us so that we can avoid it. Fear of someone running into us on the highway makes us drive defensively, always looking out for a foolish move by another motorist. We even have to watch out for foolish moves made by other believers who tear us down and lie about us in the middle of successful ministry to those in need. But we keep going because of Christ who gives us courage.
We are hardwired with courage. Courage is fear controlled. Courage is considering fear of what might happen and trusting God for the truth of being with us regardless of the outcome. Courage is the confidence that helps us to take steps forward, or in David’s case, run, not just walk, to the battle knowing God will always guide and direct each step. Whom then shall I fear?, David cries out. This should be our battle cry as well, as we begin this day with courage that overcomes all our fears because of our confidence in our Lord who is our light and our salvation!
According to the title of this psalm as recorded in the Septuagint, David wrote it “before he was anointed.” This means it was probably written when he was exiled from home and being hunted by King Saul and his men. The psalm does reveal that David was in great danger from violent evildoers (v. 2) who were lying about him (v. 12) and wanting to kill him (vv. 2, 12), and Saul and his men qualified. But despite this difficult and dangerous situation, David was confident (v. 3), courageous (v. 14), and unafraid (v. 1). In this psalm, David teaches us that when we know the Lord and trust Him, He helps us overcome the fears that can paralyze our lives.
Psalm 27, New Living Translation
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble?
2 When evil people come to devour me,
when my enemies and foes attack me,
they will stumble and fall.
3 Though a mighty army surrounds me,
my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked,
I will remain confident.
4 The one thing I ask of the Lord—
the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
delighting in the Lord’s perfections
and meditating in his Temple.
5 For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock.
6 Then I will hold my head high
above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
singing and praising the Lord with music.
7 Hear me as I pray, O Lord.
Be merciful and answer me!
8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”
And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”
9 Do not turn your back on me.
Do not reject your servant in anger.
You have always been my helper.
Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me,
O God of my salvation!
10 Even if my father and mother abandon me,
the Lord will hold me close.
11 Teach me how to live, O Lord.
Lead me along the right path,
for my enemies are waiting for me.
12 Do not let me fall into their hands.
For they accuse me of things I’ve never done;
with every breath they threaten me with violence.
13 Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness
while I am here in the land of the living.
14 Wait patiently for the Lord.
Be brave and courageous.
Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Dear Heavenly Father, This writing has many verbs that require a lot of courage…remain, seek, wait, be brave and courageous. Our part. Help us to do our part well, with confidence today.
In Jesus Name, Amen