Praying Woman“Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.” (Psalm 27:3)

            This month, the Lord shall be your confidence. When your enemies surround you and make you feel that you are in the midst of your troubles, say confidently, “Though the whole world may be against me and no matter what my situation is, my confidence is in my God. David says with a sense of security and confidence about the fall of his enemies, “Whom shall I fear? … of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalm 27: 1). But when he was overwhelmed with fear, he says, “Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me” (Psalm 27: 7). Fear is the part of our creaturely existence and so sometimes this natural fear grips us. When David was surrounded by various kinds of enemies, he was in oppressive fear. He describes them, their actions and their attitudes. These unjust, unreasonable slanderers and wicked evil doers have vowed to ruin his reputation. Often, we too cling to our reputation tenaciously and are afraid that it may get ruined. When we are absorbed in fear, the circumstances and people seem hostile. David mentions the scheme and the determined will of his enemies, “False witnesses are risen against me” (Psalm 27: 12). David felt so lonely and deserted and he writes his plight in Psalm 27: 10, “When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up”. Are you feeling the same? The Lord says, “My son and my daughter, place your confidence in Me. People and evil forces may try to harm and destroy you like a devouring wild beast, but, no weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.” David’s confidence was in three things.

1.      CONFIDENCE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD: “One thing have I desired 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 behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in His temple” (Psalm 27: 4). David said, “My situation is terrible and all are against me. At times, I feel so lonely. There is no one to stand with me and for me. But I have one desire and that is not my deliverance but to have fellowship with my God.” In this month, do not seek for the deliverance, but seek to develop a fellowship with God. Deliverance and blessings will come automatically. The above verse is about David’s life. The priority of his heart was to dwell in God’s presence, to enjoy God’s savor and to discern His Will. The purpose why he wanted to dwell was, “….to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in His temple” (Psalm 27: 4). In other words, he says, “Let enemies and problems come against me, my strength lies in the fellowship with my God.” The more you enquire and behold the beauty of His presence, the more you shall be preserved and beautified within. The result of this desire is in Psalm 23: 6, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”  The Bible scholars refer this verse to our heavenly abode after our death. But if you choose to dwell in the presence of the Lord, you shall experience Heaven on Earth. Take a decision to dwell in the presence of God this month and also throughout your life. Because David dwelt in the presence of the Lord, Saul could not touch him. His son, Absalom could not harm him and Goliath could not even come near him.  Whenever you are at your home or at work, choose to crave for the presence of God. Even in the midst of troubles and problems, chaos and commotion, put your confidence in the presence of God.

             2. CONFIDENCE IN THE PROTECTION OF THE LORD: “For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock” (Psalm 27: 5). Pin your confidence in the protection of the Lord. God’s protection shall strengthen and grant you spiritual boldness in times of fear and trouble. When your nerves fail, He will strengthen your heart. In this month, in order to protect you, the Lord will hide you in His shelter and conceal you under the cover of His tent. Notice the last part of the above verse, “He shall set me up upon a rock”. This is a prophetic verse to you. This month, the Lord will not only protect you, by hiding you from the eyes of your enemies but also bring you out to set you upon the Rock. Your enemies will see the goodness of the Lord upon your life. The Lord who hid David in His secret place, had also brought him out and made him to sit upon the throne. The Lord who told Elijah to hide himself besides the brook Cherith, also told him to go and show himself to King Ahab. The Lord who caused Paul to hide himself in the Arabian Desert for three years, also made him to stand before King Agrippa. The Lord says, “My son and my daughter, you feel that you are nobody, nothing, insignificant, despised and treated with contempt by others, I will hide you in My secret place and bring you out to be My mighty witness.” In God’s secret place, we need to wait on Him. “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD” (Psalm 27: 14). This month, wait on the Lord with confidence in God’s protection.

3. CONFIDENCE IN THE POWER OF THE LORD: “And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD” (Psalm 27: 6). Do you know when this will happen? The Lord says, “Now shall your head be lifted up above your enemies”. David had confidence in the power of the Lord and knew that his God was powerful to lift up his head above his enemies who were round about him. Therefore, he offers sacrifices of joy in God’s tabernacle and sings praises unto the Lord. A desire to abide in the presence of God is the secret of his confidence in the power of the Lord. His desire was in response to God’s gracious invitation. What was the invitation? “When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek” (Psalm 27: 8). The Lord gives the same invitation to you this month. Can you respond positively to this gracious invitation? David mentions the result of this seeking in Psalm 3:3, “But Thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.”  The Lord will lift up your head. When He does that, your head will be lifted above your enemies round about you. The Lord says, “My son and my daughter, seek My face. Your face will be enlightened and it shall never be ashamed. Do not look to your problematic situations and enemies. I will lift up your head above your enemies round about you.” The same Lord who lifted up the heads of Joseph, Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, will also lift up your head this month. The result of this confidence is mentioned in Psalm 27: 13, “I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” David says,“I believe that I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.” The land of the living is the place where we dwell and work. All through this month, confess confidently by believing in the power of the Lord saying, “The Lord is the lifter up of my head. I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord where I am. I know whom I serve and believe.”

            Dear child of God, fix your confidence in the presence, protection and power of God. May God richly bless you!

WHEN ALL OTHERS HAVE HOPELESS END

YOU WILL HAVE ENDLESS HOPE.