Daily Devotional: Psalms 27:1-6
1 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? 2 When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. 3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. 4 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. 5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. 6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." 6 So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
When the storm was raging and the boat was being tossed by the waves, the disciples were afraid they would perish but Jesus peacefully slept. In another storm, the sailors were all afraid for their lives and were tossing overboard all they could do without. Some of the eventually tried to escape on lifeboats but were caught and stopped. Meanwhile, Paul said for them to not be afraid because his God had said they would all be safe and not a one would die or be harmed.
When we face the storms of life, do we sleep peacefully and encourage others by our faith in God or do we panic and live in fear? We all have our storms. Some of them are private and involve only us while others may be world-wide. It may be the economy or it may be a pandemic but the result for many is the same, they are afraid. It may be a dreaded disease or an accident but it brings fear. When we are engulfed in our storm, we must remember the words of Jesus when he said: “do not be afraid, O you of little faith.” In any storm, faith will dissipate fear.
Lord God, you made me and all things around me so I know that you can take care of me, as you have promised. Help me trust Jesus as the Great Physician when I am sick. Give me faith to not be afraid of the things in this world but to keep my eyes set on things above. As the three men who were about to be thrown into the furnace of fire, give me faith to know that you can deliver me if you chose to do so but even more trust when you chose to let me burn. Help me trust your timing and your purpose in my life when I do not understand. I pray in Jesus name.