Nyctophobia…do you know what it is?
It’s something that most of us probably have, in a sense, dealt with in our lives. Maybe you even still face this fear today. An extreme fear of the dark. We generally grow out of our fear of darkness by adulthood, although you may still occasionally avoid dark places at night or need a nightlight in your bedroom.
King David had many things to fear in his own life and yet, in Psalm 27, he speaks of his CONFIDENCE in God in the midst of those fears. David had enemies. David had forces against him. And yet David said:
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 27:1, NIV)
Even though David had armies wanting to kill him and individuals who attacked him with lies, he still trusted God. In fact, he said that God was his light and salvation–using both terms synonymously–meaning that God was the One who was doing the saving work in David’s life. God was David’s light in the a dark place.
David, knowing the troubles he faced, did not merely ask God for help out of his problems–David expressed his deep desire to know God more and more:
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.
(Psalm 27:4, NIV)
David didn’t just sit around and complain to God about his problems, and keep asking for God to fix everything. David expressed how much he needed God’s presence in his life. He longed to have a close relationship with God. He sought after the giver, not the gift. Jesus said: “…seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” (Matthew 6:33) Seek God and His ways with all of your being.
David, after expressing his steadfast confidence in God throughout Psalm 27, and his desire to know God intimately, finishes the psalm by reaffirming his confidence AND giving the reader (including us today) at exhortation on how to live life:
I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
(Psalm 27:13-14, NIV)
Whatever you are facing in your life today, whatever struggles you are dealing with–remain confident that God cares for you, that God will do His saving work in your life, and get to know God more through prayer and spending time in His Word, the Bible.