THOUGHTS

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All articles are written using the NKJV, unless otherwise noted! All articles are written by David Hicks, unless specified otherwise.

Psalm 27

Pavilion of Rest!

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
.

King David is the author of the 27th Psalm, and wrote it as a joyful declaration of his faith and trust in God, regardless of what opposition he would find in life. David had more than his fair share of opposition in his life. His father and brothers thought little of him. King Saul persecuted him; his generals often conspired against him, as did his own son Absalom.

Yet in all of this, David is living words that are strong enough to carry him through these difficult times

Psalm 18:2 The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

“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.”

Even in the face of Verse 2, David trusted God to keep him in His “pavilion”. This “pavilion” was to David, the tent of the chief commander of an army, which was well guarded at all times. For David, he trusted that God preserved him.

Psalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

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.”

David realized, just as the Lord Jesus would tell His own disciples, that often times even those closest to him would be those counted with the enemies, and may seek to deter his sight from God (Micah 7:6; Matthew 10:36). The Apostle to the Gentiles also found the same strength of David in the face of those who sought to derail him from the work of the Gospel which he was commissioned to preach.

2 Timothy 4:17-18 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 18 And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!”

“Wait on the Lord;
Be of good courage,
And He shall strengthen your heart;
Wait, I say, on the Lord!”

David’s conclusion is a worthy standard to live by! This is much more than refrigerator wisdom, more than a passing slogan, and a worthy foundation for life. Those who truly wait on the Lord, have no need to fear!

Now that is a great Thought!