Psalm 27: A Source of Safety

by Carolyn Hope

As the sun rises over the mountains, I approach a tall tower. It’s still in the distance, but steadily I make my way toward it. I am aware of the lion stalking me in the nearby greenery; yet I feel no fear. If he charges after me, his feet will stumble. He’ll only end up with a bruised nose and a broken pride.

This land is covered with bandits, but they will not touch me. If they should attack me, my courage will remain.

I go to ask my God for only one thing: that I may abide in His tower, where I may be with Him. There I will find safety. There will be my security and refuge. There, protected and confident, I will pay no heed to the enemies that come against us. No, for I will be too busy praising my Lord and giving Him all my heart!

I knock on the tower door. Will He answer?

“Lord, You have always been good to me. You have always helped me when I had a need. Please, don’t turn me away! Don’t close the door to me! I’m relying on You and You alone.”

If I were to knock on my parent’s home, would they turn me away? Certainly not. Yet, even if they did, my God wouldn’t. No, He will never turn me away.

“I’m here, Lord. Teach me strategy. Show me how to live and walk in a world full of enemies. They observe my every move, waiting to pounce at just the right moment. Don’t let them catch me. They breathe lies and formulate threats to intimidate me.”

I am not intimidated; rather, I am fearless. I know that my God will be good to me. In this life, here in this place, I expect His goodness to come.

So I will wait with patience and bravery. My heart will take courage. I wait for my God to come.

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Confidence For Victory

by Carolyn Hope

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)

When you think of confidence in the Bible, one of the clearest examples is the life of David. He was an unhesitating and unfaltering warrior for the Lord. He led with decision and exuded confidence wherever he went.

The reason David could be so confident was that his source of confidence was not himself, but God. He wasn’t perfect but God is, and he knew that God would not fail him. The verses above show this, as do many other of David’s Psalms. Psalm 27 in particular emphasizes that God is so much greater than all the opposition that comes against us.

You have a God who is always victorious. When you fail, He doesn’t. You can always trust in Him to conquer your enemies and protect you. Regardless of what you’re walking through, you have no need to fear. God is on your side; and if He is for you, who can stand against you (Romans 8:31)? Remain confident today. Your king is trustworthy and unfailing.

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