Psalm 27:1 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?
The psalms often are filled with prayers for deliverance from enemies and foes. This psalm gives us some understanding of the enemy’s attack and strategies for us to employ. You may not think you have an enemy but that doesn’t change the reality that you do. People thought the earth was flat at one time but that did not change the reality that it was a globe. As believers we need to wake up and fight the good fight of faith.
The first strategy for success in our faith is focus and placement. What we set our eyes on determines our level of success. If we focus on the armies besieging us, or the evil men advancing against us, we will be overwhelmed and fall victim to them. Our victory is not in our strength or our numbers. Our victory is in gazing upon the Lord and dwelling in His presence. We need to comprehend how big our God is and our small our enemy is in comparison. The closer we are to God the more accurate is our perspective of the situation.
Verses 9 through 12 express hope. Verse 13 speaks of confidence. Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Faith, which is required to please God, is full of hope and confidence or certainty. We need to respond to our situations by faith in Christ, not by what we see.
Lastly verse 14 speaks of waiting for the Lord. The enemy wants us to panic and react out of fear. 1 Peter 5:8 says: Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour”. The lion roars hoping to make potential prey panic and bolt from its hiding place. Our enemy roars hoping we will lose confidence and bolt from our hiding place in the Lord. We cannot defeat this onslaught on our own strength. We need to hold fast, be courageous and wait for the Lord. The Hebrew word for wait means to wait, to look for, to hope and to expect.
To see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living we need to maintain our focus on Him. Staying in that place of focusing on Him will cause faith to arise, which pleases Him. But we need to wait with anticipation of His deliverance. It’s all about coming into that place of peace Paul talks about in Philippians. Philippians 4:6 - 7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. This is practicing His presence no matter where or what is happening in your life.
Prayer: “Father, I ask for your wisdom and discernment in my life and the situations that besiege me. I choose to focus on you and to abide in your presence. I have hope and confidence in You. I will stay courageous as I wait for You.”