“The Lord is my light and my salvation, so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident”. Psalm 27:1-3
You can find plenty of written material on self confidence out there. People are bombarded these days with encouragement to “believe in yourself.”
David had confidence. He was brimming with it. But it wasn’t self confidence it was confidence in the ability and faithfulness of Lord to come through for him and to be his strong Deliver in any situation. This is evident time and time again throughout David’s life story in the Old Testament. It wasn’t himself David believed in it was God.
David, the shepherd boy destined to be king had been a strong warrior since boyhood. As a teenager he had fought a lion and a bear as he guarded the sheep. But he didn’t take the credit for it, David attributed those victories to the Lord. As he went on, still a very young man, to slay a giant with just a stone and sling – a giant the entire army had been unable to take down, just by the way, again, David acknowledged that only God was the source of his strength. (1 Samuel 17:45-46a)
Much later, after years of running from Saul, David wrote this beautiful Psalm: Psalm 18:1–3 “I love you, Lord; you are my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. I called on the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.” (When you have time, read the whole Psalm, you can’t not be encouraged by it!)
Now king, David attributed all of it to God, his Strength, Rock, Fortress, Deliverer, Support, Refuge, Shield, Horn and Stronghold.
David’s legacy of faith and devotion was passed on to his son, Solomon – the man whom God used to write most of the book of Proverbs. Solomon writes in Proverbs 14:26 “In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence…..”
A Devoted Heart
The “fear of the Lord“ here, as I’m sure you know, is not speaking about being afraid of God, but rather it echoes the heart of David’s writing in the Psalm we began with, Psalm 27 specifically verses 4,8,11 “One thing have I asked 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 gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies.”
The longing of David’s heart was to spend his life in the presence of God. He had a devoted heart. It was in this place that God was able to teach his pliable heart strength and confidence.
This kind of confidence enables the most ordinary man or woman to be extraordinary, because it isn’t our own strength we have confidence in, it’s the Lord’s, and He cannot be shaken!
Who remembers that moment in the movie Grease where Sandy sings to Danny, “Hopelessly devoted to you”? The lyrics express her heartbreak at how she can do nothing else but sit around and wait for him – even though he pushed her love aside, because she’s hopelessly devoted to him.
In Jesus, we have the opposite! We could change those lyrics to “hopefully (confidently) devoted to you”
Why? Because He sees the devotion of your heart, hears your cry, and returns your devotion a hundred-fold!
“This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it.” Isaiah 30:15
His Word stands the test of time and all His promises are faithful and true. So why would we want to even try to go it alone?
Whatever sort of day, week or month you are having, whether you’re in the deepest valley or highest mountain top, the Lord your God is your source of strength. It’s in His presence that you will find your strength and peace.
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