1 The Lord gives me light and saves me. Why should I fear anyone? The Lord is my place of safety. Why should I be afraid? 2 My enemies are evil. They will trip and fall when they attack me and try to eat me alive. 3 Even if an army attacks me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if war breaks out against me, I will still trust in God. 4 I’m asking the Lord for only one thing. Here is what I want. I want to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. I want to look at the beauty of the Lord. I want to worship him in his temple. 5 When I’m in trouble, he will keep me safe in his house. He will hide me in the safety of his holy tent. He will put me on a rock that is very high. 6 Then I will win the battle over my enemies who are all around me. At his holy tent I will offer my sacrifice with shouts of joy. I will sing and make music to the Lord. 7 Lord, hear my voice when I call out to you. Show me your favor and answer me. 8 My heart says, “Look to him!” Lord, I will look to you. 9 Don’t turn your face away from me. Don’t turn me away because you are angry. You have helped me. God my Savior, don’t say no to me. Don’t desert me. 10 My father and mother may desert me, but the Lord will accept me. 11 Lord, teach me your ways. Lead me along a straight path. There are many people who beat me down. 12 My enemies want to harm me. So don’t turn me over to them. Witnesses who tell lies are rising up against me. They are trying to destroy me. 13 Here is something I am still sure of. I will see the Lord’s goodness while I’m still alive. 14 Wait for the Lord. Be strong and don’t lose hope. Wait for the Lord.
David’s confidence in God always astounds me!
There are enemies, false witnesses, adversaries, evildoers – many are the names he calls them – that surround him but he simplifies life down to one single desire and that is what he seeks after. He doesn’t wait for it to come to him but he seeks it out .. to live in the house of the Lord, the place where God’s abiding presence dwells. He tells his heart, “Come .. seek His face.”
That abiding presence is where we get perspective, and David knew it. Where we know that the issues of our lives are not bigger than God, where we know there is nothing to fear, where our hearts can be courageous, where we know that we are sheltered and
yet lift high, where all the battles are won.
Unlike David, I have God’s abiding presence living in me – the Holy Spirit but my heart still echo’s David’s, to consciously seek that single desire and dwell in His abiding presence all the days of my life.
Written by Suzie Hodgson