One might think that becoming a king would mean endless parties, glorious acclaim, personal servants and a host of other amenities. It didn’t for King David. Almost from the very moment that he was anointed the new king over Israel, his battles began. He stared nine-foot Goliath in the face and heard his raucous jabs and accusations. David saw the fearsome weapons that Goliath carried into the battle. They were designed to destroy David.
King Saul sent armies against David because he threatened Saul’s kingdom and line.
David knew what it meant to live with enemies. He experienced firsthand the fear of impending death.
But fear didn’t overwhelm him, because David knew something far greater. God was for him. God was with him. God had a plan for his life and He was totally in control of it all.
Psalm 27:1-3 shouts out his trust, “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 the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.”
You gotta love that kind of trust. Foes, armies, enemies are no match for the Friend and the Heavenly Host that David walked with.
When we come to the Lord, we become a child of the King. And almost the next second the real battle that satan wages against us begins. Temptation, fear, questions, backlash and more are all enemies, the real enemy, satan, will wage against us.
But we can stand like David, with the confidence that the Lord is for us, He is with us, His presence dwells within us and He will fight the battle for us.
Lord, today I lift up my voice with David, whom shall I fear? Of whom shall I be afraid? You are my light, my salvation, my stronghold. What a lovely place to reside.