Word of the Day
“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.”(Psalm 27)
Have you ever noticed just how seemingly independent, self-absorbed, self-secure, sure and brazen we Americans are? We are so filled with pride and self-assurance over the fact that we have been the greatest and most dominant nation the world has ever seen. We are so surrounded by everything we think we will ever want or need, and then some.
Gadgets that make the rest of the world so jealous are ours at the spur of the moment simply by laying down that piece of plastic that we carry around in our wallets and that makes us believe will open any and every door that we meet in life. That one little card is our pathway to having our latest whim, the most elaborate attire, the newest auto and/or the newest “toy” on the market! With this one card, we have anything we ever dream we want and all is at our disposal because of that one little card.
We have courts and the law to stand guard over us, so fear is so alien that we never even think about it. After all, for us, there is nothing to fear but fear itself. Apart from the possible, yet remote, criminal attack on our person or our property, what need we sit around and bite our nails in trembling fear?
The world has never seen such people as we are! So smug and self-assured! So comfortable in our supposed invincibility! While the citizens of other nations have to deal with drug cartels, marauding terrorist gangs, corrupt government officials, courts that guard the lawless and not the law-abiding, extreme poverty, poor medical attention and very poor educational opportunities, we Americans relish in that we have the “best of the best” in everything!
Bot, O, how deceived and mislead we are! Simply because we are privileged to live in a culture that provides all our “wants”, it will never be able to provide all our “needs”! Sure, we have our “toys”, but we do not have the “…peace that passeth all understanding…”(Phil.4:7). We can lay our heads on the finest of pillows at night, enjoy the most comfortable mattress and surroundings, be sure that no invader can breach our home because of the latest in burglar alarms, even have a gun in the night stand beside our bed, but deep down we understand that there has to be more to real security in life than mere “gadgets”, of which we avail ourselves so lavishly.
The Psalmist lived in a day and in a culture that was devoid of all our current array of “toys”, comfort and conveniences and was far more honest with himself than most modern Americans. Danger was an almost constant companion and he was being bombarded with threats at almost every turn in life. He found himself facing enemies that, for the most part, are unknown to us today. And because of all this, fear was a constant companion in his life, unwelcome as it may be.
Being a staunch believer in the Eternal and Almighty God, and since he didn’t have all our “modern” protections, this writer unwaveringly declared his trust and reliance on the power of his God. He had the audacity and the courage to ask that familiar, but constant question in the heart of almost every human being on earth, “…whom shall I fear?” He stated his belief and reliance in this Eternal God, declaring that He was his “…light and…salvation…the strength of my life..”, so what creäture could instill fear and trembling into his heart and life? With his reliance on his God, all those “…wicked, even mine enemies and my foes…” could do all their best(or, for that matter, their worst), but he knew his God to be far superior to anything this world, physical or spiritual, might throw his way.
He said many things that we modern Americans would be wise to emulate about the reality of all the sworn enemies of the faithful, but then he concludes with very wise and strong counsel–“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD”!