1 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? 2 When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. 3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. 4 One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. 5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. 6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. 7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me. 8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek. 9 Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior. 10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. 11 Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. 12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations. 13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
This Psalm contains some serious encouragement in the face of opposition! David explains who God is and what he has done. He also expresses his utmost desire to remain in God’s house all his days and the reasons why and how best to respond to God in his house. The final verses encourage us to keep believing and stay with God.
David’s utmost desire is to remain in God’s house for all his days. He says this emphatically; David is promoting church! God’s house is David’s safe place, a place where he feels protected and away from the noisy storms of life. A place where order is restored and confidence returns so he can face his enemies. This is why David makes it a priority and we as believers are also encouraged to highly value God’s house. David goes on to explain why gathering in God’s house is important as it is an opportunity to:
Bring praise and worship to God
Bring an offering to God
To pray to God – to cry out to him
To find direction for my life – “Teach me how to live and lead me along the right path, Lord”
God’s house is so very special. Truly unique. There is no place like it!
Dear God, thank you for your house, the church. Please help me to value your house and prioritise it in my life like King David, Amen
Written by Ps. Ainslie Woods