[A Psalm] of David. 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?When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this [will] I [be] confident.
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. 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.
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.
Hear, O LORD, [when] I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me.[When thou saidst], Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
Hide not thy face [far] from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.
Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.[I had fainted], unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
As we will see in our series, King David addresses many of the same issues that each and every one of us faces when we are in the midst of the most difficult, fearful situations of life. May the Lord honor this study in His Word, by granting to us the truths of this Psalm and their practical application to our life.
“Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this [will] I [be] confident.”
What great faith is being shown by King David! Even if an army of warriors would plant themselves against him, David’s innermost parts would not be terrified. Although a war would be waged against him, he would still be assured.
What was the basis of his great confidence? Remember the context of this passage…
In vs 1, we saw that David recalled the Lord’s greatness and His role in David’s life as his “light”, “salvation” and “strength of life”… “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?”
In vs 2, David remembered examples of the past deliverances that the Lord had brought to pass…. “When the wicked, [even] mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.”
These principles gave David his great assurance in the midst of life’s trials. This assurance rested upon His knowledge of the Lord’s greatness, His enabling graces, and His past deliverances.
In the midst of the fearful times of our lives, it is important that we spend plenty of time in the Word of the Lord. It is in His Word that we can learn more of His greatness, His protective intervention in the lives of His people and His deliverances of the saints of old. It is in these areas of His Word that we will find rest in the midst of the storm…
“I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, [and] strengthenedst me [with] strength in my soul.
All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth.
Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great [is] the glory of the LORD.” (Psalms 138:2-5)