My Stronghold

Psalm 27  is a psalm of David, King of Israel, and a man after God’s own heart.  David had a sense of confidence in God, but it was also mixed with feelings of fear and anxiety.  As a Christian, I should accept these conflicting experiences as part of being a follower of Jesus Christ.

David starts out the Psalm stating, “The Lord is my light and salvation–whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?”

David clearly had conflicting thoughts and feelings as he wrote this psalm. He did have confidence in God, and that God would eventually deliver him from his fear, loneliness, and anxiety; but, he also felt abandoned, and was indecisive, by going back and forth between hope and despair.

Has this ever happened to you in your life?  I know that it has mine!  In Mark 9:24, a man came to Jesus on behalf of his ill son and cried out, “I do believe!  Help my unbelief.”

Whenever you face a difficult situation, remember that Jesus can identify with our humanness.  While He was experiencing deep sorrow and despair in the Garden of Gethsemane, He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father!  If it is possible, let this cup pass from Me.  Yet not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39). Jesus felt abandoned by his friends, the disciples, at the time.

This is exactly why He is the perfect person to serve as our mediator to God the Father:

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.  Therefore, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.  (Hebrews 4:15-16)

 

 

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