A daily devotional moment by Chris Garcia
David was a man after God's own heart. What is God's, own heart? Those who seek the Lord. Who inquire of His presence. Let's take a closer look at this in Psalm 27:1, where it says the following, “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?” You that are struggling with fear. You that are struggling with tremendous anxiety. Meditate on these words “The lord is my light.” The light exposes darkness. When the light appears darkness flees. Think about when you enter a dark room. Once you turn on that light switch the darkness scatters. So “The lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the ‘Strength’ of my life.” What gives you strength in your life? Is it the problem being solved? Is it the person that let you down? Is it people or your circumstance in your life? David understood that the strength of his life was God Himself. In verses 2-3 it says, “When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident.” What wars are you struggling with in your personal lives? Maybe it's not an outside physical issue and it is a war inside of you. Though war may rise against you. In this, I will be confident. In this, he says this here is the issue an army is encamped against David. His enemy desires to eat up his flesh. There is a war that is literally rising against David. This is his solution, he says in, Psalm 27:4, “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.” Do you see what the one thing that he has desired of the Lord? He is not asking for victories. He is not asking for all sorts of battle strategies. The one thing that David has an absolute desire for is that which I will seek. Not seek the answer or strategy or for a solution. He is seeking that he may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life and behold the beauty of the Lord. Also to inquire in His temple. Many times we do the inquiring before we do the beholding. Many times we do the inquiring or asking instead of the seeking first. Many times we look for the answers instead of dwelling. God wants you to dwell in His presence.
God wants you to behold the beauty of the Lord. God wants you to seek Him and then at that moment you are free to inquire. Psalm 27:5, “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.” See David understood that everything was found in His presence. For in the time of trouble, he shall hide me in His pavilion. Where? “In the secret place of His tabernacle. This is where God hides me in His presence.” He shall hide me, which means you are hidden in Him. “He shall set me high upon a rock.” Psalm 27:6, “And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;” Why? The presence elevates you. Psalm 27:6-8, “Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord. Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.” You see everything is found in the seeking. Psalm 27:9–13, “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. When my father and my mother forsake me Then the Lord will take care of me. Teach me Your way, O Lord, And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence. I would have lost heart unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living.” Then he ends the Psalm with, the same thing that we saw in Psalm 43. He finishes in Psalm 27:14, “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” “Be of good courage. And he shall strengthen your heart. Wait I say on the Lord!” Do you want to grow in courage? Do you want to grow in strength? Do you want to grow in stability in the Lord? Learn to wait on the Lord. “Be of good courage.” It does not say that God is going to change your attitude. It says that you must be of good courage. You must tell your soul who is boss. Wait on the Lord. What is the promise for those who wait on the lord? He shall strengthen your heart. "Wait I say on the Lord!” says David.
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