TRUST IN THE LORD AND BE NOT AFRAID
Verse 1 – The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
Fear will cripple you. Fear of the unknown regarding; how a relationship is going to end; fear of rejection; fear of loss; fear of disease; and fear of death are all types of fear that do not come from God. David writes, because the Lord is his salvation, than whom shall he fear. “…If God is for us, who can be against us (Romans 8:31)?”
Verse 2 – When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell.
Verse 3 – Though an army should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though the war should rise against me, in this I will be confident.
Verse 4 – One thing I have desired of the Lord, that I will 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.
David’s greatest desire was to live constantly in the presence of God. Those who have that same desire will be able to enjoy that presence throughout all eternity.
Verse 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.
Psalm 91 starts with, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. David was hid many times from his enemies throughout his life. Has God ever hidden you from danger; protection from a crises going on all around you? There are many ways He can hide His children, right in the midst of destruction.
Verse 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.
Verse 7 – Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy upon me, and answer me.
Verse 8 – When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, will I seek.”
To seek God’s face is to have complete devotion to Him in the same sense as turning toward Him.
Verse 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.
Verse 10 – When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me.
God’s love is sufficient for all our needs. Parents, friends, and family can all abandon us, but Jesus said, “I’ll never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).” Even if you don’t have another person on the planet to be by your side, the Lord is with you!
Verse 11 – Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
Verse 12 – Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and such as breathe out violence.
Verse 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.
David basically says he would have given up if he hadn’t believed. Believed what? Believed that God is a good God all the time; believed trusting In Yahweh to see him through any and all trouble that would come his way. God’s goodness and mercy will see us through in “This life!”
verse 14 – Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!
Waiting on God is not easy, especially when doubt creeps in. Often God uses that waiting period to refresh, renew, and teach us. Sometimes, more than not, He is transforming us on the inside. It doesn’t matter what the enemy uses to try to discourage you, God says He will turn it all around for your good (Romans 8:28). When we wait on Him to answer, it will be in His perfect timing because He’s lining everything up that we can’t see, for your benefit!