Still

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom should I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom should I be afraid? 
When evildoers came against me to devour my flesh,

my foes and my enemies stumbled and fell.
Though an army deploys against me,
my heart is not afraid;
though a war breaks out against me,
still I am confident. Psalm 27: 1-3

As I  read these verses, a song came to mind as soon as I read the word foes.  I could hear the melody playing as I read through the entire chapter. Mood music, I suppose.

“My foes are many, they rise against me
But I will hold my ground
I will not fear the war, I will not fear the storm
My help is on the way, my help is on the way

Oh, my God, He will not delay
My refuge and strength always
I will not fear, His promise is true
My God will come through always, always”
~Kristian Stanfill “Always”

It’s interesting how words like army and war can stir up such a familiarness in my soul.  I’ve never served in the military. I’ve never, thankfully, been caught in the middle of an actual war.

And yet, my whole being can relate to the words David chooses in this psalm: foes, enemies, army, war. The battles we find ourselves in as the Apostle Paul reminds us in Ephesians are “not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

I have been hunted down by an enemy. I have felt the terror of being pursued by a foe whose sole mission is to conquer and destroy. I have experienced the hopelessness of captivity and bondage. I have been lured and enticed away by persuasive arguments that contradict all the freedom and truth we find in Christ alone.

“For though we live in the body, we do not wage war in an unspiritual way, since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments  and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5

I love the reminders in this psalm and in this song.  “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” This light will direct and guide us.

I read through chapter one in the Book of John this morning.  “Life was in Him and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.” Yet the darkness did not overcome it...salvation always has the final say, no matter how bleak life gets. This hope, this light and this stronghold was bigger than David’s attackers. David had witnessed the Lord’s rescuing in his life and he knew he could trust him…still.

When evildoers came against me to devour my flesh,
my foes and my enemies stumbled and fell.   

David had no reason to fear and every reason to hold onto this light, this salvation and this stronghold.

And that’s what he does time and time again.  He holds on, he keeps trusting.

Still I am confident

Still… what a beautiful, hope-fused, faith-filled declaration from David. It makes me think of still waters and David’s words in Psalm 23.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.” Psalm 23:2

I am still confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of Yahweh in the land of the living.
Wait for Yahweh.
    Be strong, and let your heart take courage.
Yes, wait for Yahweh. (vs 13-14)

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