Confidence in the Face of Fear (Part 4- Confidence)
Pastor, East Marion Baptist Church
13 I believe that I shall look[f] upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
We’ve come to the conclusion of the Psalm here. The Psalm began with David declaring that God was his confidence in the face of fear. But in that case it was a declaration, not necessarily a reality.
He then guided us to worship and prayer as the means to achieve such a confidence, and having done so, David now finds himself assured of his confidence in God.
Sometimes we as Christians can have a little bit of a copout on such things. Often we direct our attention solely to the healing and salvation that is ours in the next life. Our focus becomes totally on God’s deliverance in heaven, rather than looking for any deliverance here on earth. But that’s not what David does here. Here he says, “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”
What’s he talking about? David believes that God is going to display his goodness now. He is not going to have to wait. Having worshipped and prayed to his God, he is assured that his God is going to show up now. Now does that mean that everything is going to work out the way David or we think they should? No it does not. God’s ways are much higher than ours.
Jesus tells us something similar in Matthew 7:7-11,
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Jesus is telling us that we should be expectant when we come to God with our requests. But note well what he says God will give for us. He does not tell us he will give us precisely what we ask for, but rather he tells us that he will give “good things to those who ask him.” The fact is we are never really in a position to know what is good and what is not. Good things can lead to bad things, and bad things can lead to good things. But when we come to God with our requests, we trust that good is what he will give to us.
Armed with such confidence David gives to us the counsel to do what is the only wise thing in such a situation – wait on the Lord. We live, and we act in responsible manners, but in so doing, we wait on the Lord. So let us together wait upon the Lord in worship, prayer, and confidence.