Day 169: June 18, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Psalm 27
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom should I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom should I be afraid? 2 When evildoers came against me to devour my flesh, my foes and my enemies stumbled and fell. 3 Though an army deploys against me, my heart is not afraid; though a war breaks out against me, still I am confident. 4 I have asked one thing from the Lord; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the Lord and seeking Him in His temple. 5 For He will conceal me in His shelter in the day of adversity; He will hide me under the cover of His tent; He will set me high on a rock. 6 Then my head will be high above my enemies around me; I will offer sacrifices in His tent with shouts of joy. I will sing and make music to the Lord. 7 Lord, hear my voice when I call; be gracious to me and answer me. 8 My heart says this about You, “You are to seek My face.” Lord, I will seek Your face. 9 Do not hide Your face from me; do not turn Your servant away in anger. You have been my helper; do not leave me or abandon me, God of my salvation. 10 Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord cares for me. 11 Because of my adversaries, show me Your way, Lord, and lead me on a level path. 12 Do not give me over to the will of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing violence. 13 I am certain that I will see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord.

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Let The Light In
by Keely Boggs, Member of Brentwood Baptist, Brentwood Campus

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When we read Psalm 27, it’s easy for us to insert ourselves into David’s story because it’s our own. We know all too well what it’s like to feel under attack—as if a full-on war is waging in and around us.

Let’s be honest—life is hard. Sometimes it seems like we’re being assaulted from every angle. Between the pressures of work, demands of family, over-crowded calendars, and daily hassles, we can feel beat-up and downright defeated. Add in the stressors of wayward children, aging parents, secret sins, and dwindling finances, and it can seem like our whole world is caving in.

Looking through the lens of self-pity has a way of magnifying problems.

We’re often tempted to believe the burdens we’re forced to carry are heavier than most. If we were able to shift our focus and see what others are up against, our worst suddenly wouldn’t seem so bad. But sometimes our pain prevents us from keeping the right perspective.

At times, life can look like a dark abyss, void of any hope or answers. Everyday life can feel like a maze with no escape. At every twist and turn, we find only more pathways of uncertainty, doubt, and fear. Satan loves to see God’s children live in emotional and mental defeat—to be tethered to lies instead of being set free in the Truth. If the Enemy can convince us to stay secluded in our darkness, we won’t let the Light shine into our situations.

Here’s the problem: the longer we hide, the more our eyes adjust to the darkness, making it harder to see the Truth. Over time, it gives the Enemy a stronghold we’re convinced we can’t escape.

One of the monumental mistruths Satan can make us believe is God will never come to our rescue. But amidst the deceit, let’s be honest. As Christians, there’s an end to our story the Enemy refuses to acknowledge—one he desperately wants us to forget.

Even in our darkest days God will never leave or forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). “God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

What David knew that we often forget is: focusing on God’s promises takes our fixation off of our problems.

When overwhelmed and afraid, he didn’t direct his attention to his predicaments—he devoted his thoughts to God’s precepts. Consequently, in this particular passage, we see a progressive shift in David’s attitude. Within 14 short verses, he quickly moves from concern, to comfort, and then to confidence.

What caused David’s sudden change of heart? Worship.

When David gazed into the face of God, he couldn’t help but stand in awe and be filled with adoration. Reminded of God’s character, David gained confidence that God could—and would—see him through any of life’s troubles.

David then encouraged himself with one of the hardest words known to man: wait. “Wait for the Lord. Be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord.” (Psalm 27:14)

David understood the timing of God’s deliverance doesn’t determine His goodness. He is faithful in spite of our circumstances, and is more than able to see us through them.

Sometimes life gets dark, and it’s hard to navigate through it. Fortunately for us, the Light shines brightest in the darkness. When we invite God into the middle of our messes, we begin to see He’s our only way out.

Praxis

  1. Arm yourself against the Enemy – Pray Ephesians 6:10-17.
  2. Write down and memorize 2-3 scriptures to help combat fear – Speak them out loud when confronted by the Enemy.
  3. Worship – Gaze into the face of God and focus on His glory. 

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Today's devotional series accompanies the Spiritual Practices Foundations Curriculum which deals with 24 different spiritual disciplines. We will break for an Advent series in December and continue the second half of Spiritual Practices during the first quarter of 2015.