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?
From shepherd to warrior, David was well accustomed to protecting those in his care. He took on lions and bears before upgrading to Philistine armies. The Lord was his strength from the beginning, even before he realised it, but the knowledge of it humbled him even more.
4One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and inquire in his temple.
There was nothing sweeter or more comforting to David than the ability to rest in the presence of the Lord. This should be our greatest desire, to draw ever closer, seek His face and be immersed in His holiness.
7Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud… 9Hide not your face from me…cast me not off; forsake me not.
David needed the Lord so much in his life and this may well have been the only thing that he truly did fear… the absence of God’s presence.
11Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me on a level path.
A leader of men who understood the importance of following the right path. The only path that leads to victory in life and in death.
14Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
Waiting is not something that any of us are particularly good at but David encourages us that it is definitely worthwhile. We have strength in God’s promises and our hearts can be sure that what He has said, He will do. His timing is perfect, so wait patiently for Him.