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“The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27:1-4
Our enemy is like a prowling beast seeking to kill, steal, and destroy, and our God is like a mighty lion that protects us, guards us, and battles with us.
We despair when it seems like the enemy wins, and we shout in triumph when we regain lost ground. It’s common to experience both despair and victory when we face enemies.
In Psalm 27, David shows us how we can express jubilant confidence in the Lord while we address the anxiety in our hearts. It’s almost as if David needed to remember the multiple times that God came through for him.
Isn’t that like us? We experience breakthrough or victory, but the next time we are beset by our enemy, we have to re-remember what God has done, and what He says He will do.
Not too long ago, I needed to re-remember this truth as I helplessly watched the enemy annihilate a relationship between two people. The father of lies twisted words and intentions and played on the selfish sinful nature of both parties, and there was nothing I could do about it except pray.
All I could do was courageously trust even when it seemed like the enemy breached the stronghold when his tactics of isolation and preying on the imagination worked as he came in for the kill.
It’s hard won and easily lost.
Many years ago, I took a journey through the Psalms and circled every verse about trust. It was eye-opening and showed me that I cannot judge God based on man’s actions or inactions, but only on His word and what He says about Himself and me.
And this I know: the enemy wins battles, but God wins the war. What’s left for me to do is courageously trust, to stand firm, to fix my eyes on the Lord, and to seek Him with my whole heart.
Trust, fix your eyes, and seek Him with everything within you.
Be like David.
Re-remember that God is your light, your salvation, and your confidence.
Heavenly Father, we stand before you, weakened, weary, and worn. We’ve experienced great triumph and great defeat, but through it all we courageously trust you and gaze upon your beauty. God, we seek you with everything that is within us, and we say yes to the work you’re doing in our life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.