Threat and Truth
Loving Lord, You are my help and confidence. Without Your assistance, I cannot see Your workings or hear Your voice.
Read Psalm 31:1–24
 For the director of music. A psalm of David.
Scripture taken from the THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
“Look at the gifts God has given us. His Holy Spirit to dwell in you, his church to encourage you, his Word to guide you” (Max Lucado). These are resources for us when we are under pressure.
It’s comforting to know that even someone like David panicked occasionally. From the moment we meet the young shepherd he seems to be without nerves, sure of himself and bold as a lion. He faces the bear, lion and Goliath with the confidence of a seasoned warrior. Whether in the courts of Saul or the fields of his father, he seems at rest. Yet David admits to a moment of alarm when under pressure. He confesses it from the safety of victory (21), but he admits to it nonetheless. Even though David had walked with God many years, he entertained the thought that he had been cut off, that God had left him.
David allowed what he saw to overshadow what he knew. He knew that God was his refuge (1), strong fortress (2) and merciful (9), and deep down David knew that his times were in God’s hands (15). Yet he gave permission to what he saw—the strength of his enemies—to overrun what he knew—the power and faithfulness of God. His panic made his enemy bigger, their accusations louder and their threat more terrifying. The exaggeration of their influence eclipsed the glory of the Lord who had never let him down and never deserted his side.
Like David, we must permit truth to triumph over threat and to shelter us from “human intrigues” (20). What we feel and see will always seek mastery over our faith, but we have been given the weapon of truth, the “sword of the Spirit” (Eph. 6:17), which can cut through the fog of confusion and the perception of power. When, like David, we run to the God of truth we find shelter and strength; we find encouragement and empowerment.
What does the phrase “My times are in Your hands” (15) mean to you?
Lord, my refuge, my fortress, my rock: I rest in You, my hope and deliverer.
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