IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.
TOPIC: EVEN IN WAR, I AM CONFIDENT!
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM
“Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident”.
I have been delivered from the lion, therefore shall be from the bear; from lion and bear, therefore from the Philistine; from the Philistine, therefore from Saul; from Saul, therefore God will deliver me from every evil work, and preserve me blameless to his heavenly kingdom
Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear. Before the actual conflict, while as yet the battle is untried, the warrior’s heart, being held in suspense, is very liable to become fluttered. The encamping host often inspires greater dread than the same host in actual affray. Young tells us of some — “Who feel a thousand deaths in fearing one.” Doubtless the shadow of anticipated trouble is, to timorous minds, a more prolific source of sorrow than the trouble itself, but faith puts a strengthening plaister to the back of courage, and throws out of the window the dregs of the cup of trembling. Though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. When it actually comes to push of pike, faith’s shield will ward off the blow; and if the first brush should be but the beginning of a war, yet faith’s banners will wave in spite of the foe. Though battle should succeed battle, and one campaign should be followed by another, the believer will not be dismayed at the length of the conflict. Reader, this third verse is the comfortable and logical inference from the second, confidence is the child of experience. Have you been delivered out of great perils? then set up your ensign, wait at your watch fire, and let the enemy do his worst.
Psalm 27 is a royal psalm either used for the coronation ceremony for the king or used as a declaration by the king as a pattern for ceremonial worship as the nation of Israel would prepare for military action in a time of war.
As a pattern of ceremony before the battle ensued, the king would publicly declare his faith to the people and offer sacrifices and shouts of praise unto the Lord.
You must have an up-to-date revelation as to who the Lord is on your behalf.
Our confidence is based upon who the Lord is regardless of the dimensions of the threat against us. The Lord is described in verse one by three military terms: light, salvation, and refuge.
Light dispels darkness. Nothing is hidden. God cannot be surprised by an attack because he dwells in unapproachable light. He sees the night as though it were day. In him there is no shadow of turning.
God is my light. I can see clearly and I am not afraid! I can advance with confidence because my darkness is being turned into light.
You, oh Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can a scale a wall.” Psalm 18:28-29
The Lord is also salvation or deliverance or victory. “The Lord is my salvation. The Lord is my deliverance. The Lord is my victory.” Regardless of the military odds against success, our confidence is in his supernatural ability to deliver us.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior!”
This word can only be defined with a military context. The psalmist said, “The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?” David is referring to a safe place in a time of war. The Lord himself is that place of safety. Somewhere it says, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run in it and are saved.”
You see, David knew well the correlation between warfare and worship, that in the time of trouble, in the time of war, his strongest and single desire was to be in the awesome presence of God, worshipping and praising, beholding the glory of the Lord. The enemy would have you run in the opposite direction in order to close you’re your eyes from beholding the glory and shut your mouth from declaring his praise.
“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.”
This is our place of refuge. It is not in a building in a particular country. To dwell in the house of the Lord means to live permanently in his presence. In his presence there can be no fear. In his presence there can be no depression. In his presence there is confidence that God will deliver. In the day of trouble, his presence is where we are protected.
To inquire in his temple…” This actually means to receive a divine oracle from the Lord! It means to get a word from the Lord that speaks into your troubled situation. “Logos” is turned into “rhema” and “rhema” becomes revelation you can live by in your present circumstances.
God has a word for you, a fresh word that is relevant to what you are going through today. His word will lift you up to a high place of strength. His word will fortify you in a time when you are under military threat.
In this psalm, verse 14 is that word from the Lord, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
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