Do you have fear? Are you afraid of something?
We all have something to fear. We are all afraid of something. We cannot explain why. How to handle such feeling when it crawls into our heart? This psalm gives us an answer. The title of this psalm is, “Triumphant Song of Confidence.” It starts like this:
“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? When evildoers assail me to devour my flesh—my adversaries and foes—they shall stumble and fall. Though an army encamps against me, my heart shall not fear; though war rise up against me, yet I will be confident.”
This is an amazing confidence. The Lord is my light and the stronghold of my life and I have no fear! In this case, the most important thing for the psalmist is the relationship with the Lord. That is why the psalmist asks only one thing from the Lord: “One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: to live 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. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock. Now my head is lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.”
When he cannot find God’s face, he cries out! He is like a baby crying and looking around the mom. However, he says that even mother would give him up, God would not!
“Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me! “Come,” my heart says, “seek his face!” Your face, Lord, do I seek. Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger, you who have been my help. Do not cast me off, do not forsake me, O God of my salvation! If my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will take me up.”
As long as he stays in the path of the Lord, nothing would come to him to destroy him. The psalmist desperately wants to know the way of the Lord: “Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen against me, and they are breathing out violence. I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
Now, everything is said and done. The psalmist would just sits still and waits for God:
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”