“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).

Once an army officer was on board a ship with his family and all of a sudden, there was a great tempest and there was a feeling of terror amongst the passengers. This Christian army officer was very calm and composed and that irritated his wife. She asked him, ‘Don’t you care about your family? Are you not afraid of what will happen to us?’ The reply was, ‘No.’ This man left the room to return with a sword. He drew it out of its sheath and pointed it straight to her heart. She did not react but just smiled. He asked her, ‘Are you not afraid? To which she replied, ‘Not when it is in the hand of him who loves me.’ To this the officer replied, ‘Would you have me to be afraid of this tempest, when I know that it is in the hands of my Heavenly Father? I can smile at this storm because I know that He is with me on board this ship. I have confidence in my God.

Fear is a part of our creaturely existence. It is true that we are strong in the Lord and we put our confidence in Him, but in real life, sometimes, fear enters our heart. Psalmist David speaks of his fears in this Psalm; He speaks of his enemies and he is afraid. He said, “When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell” (Psalm 27:2). Here David’s sense of security was disturbed, because they were evil doers, they had no moral standards, they were unjust and unreasonable. They tried to ruin his reputation and therefore his security was shaken. In verse 12, he says that false witnesses are risen up against me. His enemies were keenly watching to see his downfall. He felt so lonely, desolate and deserted. Saul, a former friend and father- in- law to David, suddenly turned out to be his enemy. Absalom, his own son turned against him. Even though David was surrounded by different kinds of enemies, he said, ‘In this will I be confident.’ “When my father and mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up” (Psalm 27:10).  He had a feeling of real security in his God.

Where was David’s confidence?

  1. His confidence was in the presence of God.
  2. His confidence was in the protection of God.
  3. His confidence was in the power of God.
  4. CONFIDENCE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD:

“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 inquire in His temple” (Psalm 27:4). David, the King of Israel had only one desire and that was to dwell in the presence of the Lord. He turned his desire into determination. His heart sought after the Lord. His priority was to live in the presence of the Lord, to savour His sweetness, to know His will, to behold his beauty and to inquire of Him in the temple. Notice the purpose of David’s dwelling in the presence of the Lord – It was not to put forth his supplications or his petitions. The more we behold the beauty of the Lord, the more we will be beautified on the inside. The more we enquire of Him in His presence, the more we will be preserved from the onslaughts of the enemy. “Lord, I have loved the habitation of Thy house, and the place where Thine honour dwelleth” (Psalm 26:8). What was the result of this desire? Psalm 23:6 says, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Saul could not even touch him. Absalom could not harm him and Goliath could not even come near him because of the presence of the Lord with him. Where and in what is your confidence? Is it in the presence of the Lord? Crave for the presence of the Lord this month. Make God’s presence your priority. Tell Him, “Lord, I need your presence more than anything else in my life .”

  1. 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). Our God strengthens us in times of fear. He gives a man spiritual confidence. When his nerves fail him, God strengthens his heart. How does God strengthen us? In the times of trouble he will conceal us in the shelter of His tent, He will hide us in His shelter. He will not only hide you, but He will also bring you out of your place of hiding and set you upon a rock for your enemies to see your exalted position. The Lord God who hid David in His secret place when Saul was hunting for his life, brought him out to sit on the throne of Israel in public view for all his enemies to see that God hath exalted him. The Lord who told Elijah to hide himself by the brook Cherith also told him to go and stand before King Ahab. The Lord God who told Paul to hide himself in the Arabian Desert, also made him to stand before King Agrippa. The Lord says, ‘ My child, there is a time to hide and also there is a time to bring you out into the lime light to be a mighty witness for My glory. Therefore dwell in My presence. Feel secure in My protection.’When God brings you into His secret place, what must you do? You need to just wait on the Lord. Don’t get disheartened or discouraged, but just wait on Him. When God hides you in His tent, that is your waiting time. “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psalm 27:14).

  1. CONFIDENCE IN THE POWER OF THE LORD:

“And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me” (Psalm 27:6). Who can do this for us? Only God’s power can do this. David had confidence that God’s power could do it for him. Therefore he says,  ‘I will offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of praise unto the Lord.’ What was the secret of his confidence? His abiding in God’s presence was the secret of his confidence. Verse 8: says, “When Thou saidst, Seek My face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.” David responded to God’s gracious invitation to seek His face. Even this month, the Almighty God extends this gracious invitation to you. The Lord says, ‘My child, seek My face. Are you in trouble? ‘Seek My face.’What should your heart say? Lord, Thy face will I seek. The Word of God says, “They looked unto Him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed” (Psalm 34:5). David was surrounded by enemies, but God lifted his head above his enemies and made him to sit on the throne. The Lord says, ‘ My child I did that for Daniel, Joseph and the three Hebrew men. I will also do it for you. You shall be lifted up above your enemies round about you.’ What must we do to experience that goodness? Simply return to the Lord. “For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall you be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength” (Isaiah 30:15).  David says, “I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13). Along with David, let us believe that we will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.