I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (27v13)
Our perspective for 2021 is so important for how we will choose to journey through this year.
Let us not deny 2021 has not started off easy; we are still dealing with the ongoing surge of coronavirus; political fallout and many countries are dealing with great economic challenges and there is so much more we could list. I write this blog not to pretend none of this is happening but to make us think about how we are responding to everything that is going on.
How are we allowing the events of the past year to shape our faith? Are we allowing our faith to come first or has it been pushed away by fear and anxiety; trying to have control of circumstances?
A lot of us remain solely focused on our external circumstances. In honesty, we live shackled to our reactions to our changing circumstances. I admit it is easier to live by what we see and not live by faith. We continue to watch more and more events unfolding which shows how out of control everything is and it can raise a lot of doubt in our head.
There is a point where we have to realise, we get to choose what our mind gets to focus on. This is why I want us to look at Psalm 27. It is not going to be an in-depth study, but I want us to take time to focus on David’s perspective. In the midst of all the adversity David was facing, he continued to seek the Lord and that was all he desired to do.
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. 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. (Psalm 27:4-5)
David had many trials in his life, and he was not perfect, but he had a heart that always pursued God. ‘the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart’, (1 Samuel 13v14). His perspective was focused on the goodness and the faithfulness of God. When you read about the life of David, he was inquiring of the Lord of what he should do. There were a few times, David chose to lean on his own understanding and it never ended well. In the major events of David’s life, his trust was only in the Lord and he would not let the circumstance shake his faith.
Even when he faced Goliath his words were, “All those gathered here will know it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands” (1 Samuel 17v47). David fully trusted God was in control, even when he was facing a terrifying circumstance. He trusted in the Lord and it was the Lord who brought the success through a single stone.
David was not ignorant to the situations surrounding him, but he knew his confidence could be in something greater than the circumstance he faced and who he was. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. (Psalm 27v3). His hope continued in the Lord and the Lord was continuously faithful in David’s life. A life of faith led to great blessing. It was not an easy life for David but there was always hope as he chose to focus on the Lord.
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? (Psalm 27v1)
As David continued to focus on the Lord in all he faced, I hope you can be encouraged today that you can have the same reality. Even if this year does not turn out the way you hoped, you would still be able to see the goodness and faithfulness of the Lord. May knowing his goodness, lead you to be able to extend that hope to the people around you. We need hope this year, a hope that is not easily extinguished due to circumstance or emotion.
To finish I ask, as you continue through this year, are you going to seek God? Or are you going to be chained to your circumstance? Even if nothing were to change, where would your hope be found?
As we go through the rest of this year, I want to take time to do some in-depth bible studies where we will focus truly on the word of God. I hope they will be a help and an encouragement to keep our eyes focused on the Lord and the truth of his Word, as this year continues to unfold.
Continue in faith, for there are truly better days to come.
Love, Victoria. xx