Truth for the Times
Lately, I have found myself meditating on and finding great encouragement in the book of Psalms. I find the words and themes recorded therein so timely for where we are at in our world today. In many of the Psalms of David, we see a wrestling taking place within his inner life before the Lord, yet, David always comes around and renews his focus on the rescue and deliverance that only God can give, almost always ending in praise and thanksgiving. I find this so relatable and encouraging in my own walk with God. It is ok to wrestle, and yet ultimately, we must never forget how important it is to trust.
In Psalm 34, David finds himself literally fearing for his own life, yet, his words reflect a steady trust in the work of God and in His power to rescue, save, and deliver in every way. Consider the following two verses:
“I sought the Lord, and He answered me;
He delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to Him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.” (Psalm 34:4-5)
David declared that in this moment of great fear, he chose to seek the Lord and found the answer he so desperately needed; deliverance from his fears! We can rest assured that as we seek the Lord in times of great fear, we will experience deliverance. Not only that, but David goes on to say that those who look upon the Lord are RADIANT. This part of verse five really jumped off the page at me. The Hebrew word for radiant is the word Nahar, and it means to “sparkle or shine.” What David is saying is that when we are in a trial, we can seek the Lord, He will answer, we will be delivered, and that as we look to Him we will experience a countenance change. We will shine with a glimmer of hope, a shine of joy and confidence that never fades away! Like the glow of a soon-to-be bride or a mother late in pregnancy; both anticipating good things to come, when we look to the Lord we are radiant.
Right now, in our world, there isn’t much radiance nor a lot of smiling. We are all masked! Many of us are fearful of the future, unsure of what is to come and anticipating difficulty ahead. Even though we may not see the future or understand what is happening in our world, we know who does, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ! So how do we combat the fear and uncertainty ahead? How do we combat the depression we may be experiencing?
We look to HIM!
We consider His faithfulness in our lives, we open His word and meditate upon it, we dwell on what is true, noble, and righteous! And as we do these things, as we look to Him, we will radiate His joy, His confidence, and unshakeable hope!