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?
2 When the wicked came against me
To eat up my flesh,
My enemies and foes,
They stumbled and fell.
3 Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.
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.
5 For in the time of trouble
He shall hide me in His pavilion;
In the secret place of His tabernacle
He shall hide me;
He shall set me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
8 When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
9 Do not hide Your face from me;
Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
You have been my help;
Do not leave me nor forsake me,
O God of my salvation.
10 When my father and my mother forsake me,
Then the Lord will take care of me.
11 Teach me Your way, O Lord,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
For false witnesses have risen against me,
And such as breathe out violence.
13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
That I would see the goodness of the Lord
In the land of the living.
14 Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!
God says He didn’t give us a spirit of fear, and that His perfect love casts out all fear…
God tells us not to worry about anything, and not to be anxious…
God tells us that as a man thinks, so is he…
God says that He has given us a spirit of power, love and a sound mind…
that nothing will ever separate us from His love,
and that we should trust, rejoice, and praise Him in all things…
These aren’t just some nice words of poetry God wrote thousands of years ago.
These are words of truth that are for our good, physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually!
God intends that we believe them, trust in them, and obey them!
Faith in God keeps us healthy!
God called David “a man after God’s own heart.”
Reading the Psalms shows us why. David didn’t live a life of leisure. Things didn’t always go well for David. It wasn’t because God provided an easy life filled with everything he needed.
David faced many hardships, many enemies, and many impossible situations in life. Those were what increased his faith and proved his love and trust in God. The ways he responded to the things he faced were the very reasons he was “a man after God’s own heart.”
It is the way we face the trials of life that prove what is in our hearts.
When David went out to the battle field and saw Goliath taunting the army of God a righteous indignation rose up within him. How dare someone mock, taunt, and defy the people of God!
David looked past the size and experience of Goliath, and saw the defiance of his God and that was what David fought against.
David’s loyalty was to His God and to the people of God.
David’s trust was in the ability of his God.
When those around him questioned his zeal to go and fight Goliath, he remembered the times he fought other enemies and the supernatural power God provided for his protection and the protection of those he was taking care of.
“ Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” Moreover David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” 1 Samuel 17:36-37
David’s faith was developed through adversity. He learned that on his own he could do nothing, but there was One who was for him who had the power and might to deliver him from anything that threatened him.
When David looked past the adversary and saw God, he didn’t fear, but had confidence.
Faith is what keeps us healthy; physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually!