1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;Whom shall I fear?
The very opening words of this psalm show David’s utter faith in God to protect him. He tells of how his enemies came against him, but failed. When war broke out, it did not destroy him, for his confidence was in the Lord. He then goes on to make a request of God:
“4 One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
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 inquire in His temple.
David believed that being in the presence of the Lord was a recipe for protection and provision. He knew that God’s presence and care would keep him safe from his enemies. David went on to request that God hear him when he cried out to Him, and believed that He would based on his past experience with the Lord. He then asked the Lord to teach him His ways, because his belief in the Lord has been his courage. He finished the psalm with an admonition to the reader:
“14 Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!”
David had a firm grasp on faith. Although he at times cried out in desperation, he knew that God’s protection was a sure thing. He lifted up his voice for help, but was certain that help would come. Take a lesson from David. Cry out in your time of need, not in fear but in faith!