A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God
David was weary
Just because he had killed the giant Goliath,
Now they had to fight his huge sons and brothers.
His men feared for David's life, that the light of Israel
would be snuffed out, so they held him back and fought for him.
This Psalm was David's answer though weary
(II Samuel 21)
Do you still have more battles even after a great victory?
Are you weary?
"The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the defense of my life;
Whom shall I dread?"
...My heart will not fear
Though war arise against me,
In spite of this I shall be confident."
(verses 1, 3)
and while in that hand, I am safe."
When I taught these verses in children's church,
When we asked "Whom shall I fear?"
They would shout, "NOBODY!"
"Whom shall I dread?"
This is the longing for which the Holy Spirit is the answer, the Comforter who has come. This is our privilege, to have not a visitation, but an indwelling of the very Presence of God in our heart and lives. We don't dwell in a building, not even in a tent, but He dwells in us! When the curtain was torn from the top to the bottom revealing the holy of holies, it was our invitation to come into the very heart of God, offering for us to dwell there on the mercy seat where in heaven He ever liveth to make intercession for us.
"A home-born child, living at home with his Father. This is our dearest wish...we pine for our Father's house above, the home of our souls; ...reverently adore our glorious God." (The Treasury of David)
"pleasantness, loveliness of the divine character"
The beauty of holiness.