“The LORD is my light and my salvation –
whom shall I fear?” (verse 1)
David knows God – and he therefore feels confident and secure, even in the most stressful circumstances. For God is hope to the despairing, a guide to the lost, and a safe refuge for those who find themselves under attack. If we are under His protection, then nothing and no-one can harm us without His permission.
So David can imagine no greater privilege than to know such a God and to be in His presence (verse 4). His heart’s desire is to know God even more intimately and to be with Him for ever. Do we have that same hunger? To cultivate such a relationship with the Lord should be our number one priority – then we will know that we can rely on His help when a time of crisis comes (verse 5).
God has planted in every human heart a longing for Him (verse 8). This is His invitation to us to seek Him. Some may choose to suppress or ignore it, but it is an assurance that anyone who genuinely wants to know God will not be disappointed. Parents sometimes abandon their children (verse 10); but God is the perfect Father, who will always be there for us and will never give up on us.
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31) This does not mean that everything in life will be plain sailing. There will be times when God’s goodness is not immediately apparent, and the believer has to persevere in the face of adversity. It takes faith and patience to wait for God to resolve a situation, and not to engineer a solution of one’s own. But God’s blessings come to those who wait – and He is worth waiting for (verses 13,14)!