Psalm 27:4-5 “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.”
Death and taxes.
It is said those are two things of which you can be sure in this life.
Man seeks to hide his face from the third and most crucial certainty:
You will face a holy God.
Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”
The book of Revelation reveals that time in greater detail.
Revelation 20:11-15 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
The saved child of God will be there to witness that judgment, but they will not be judged. Our sin; it’s punishment and penalty, was paid in full by Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. The blood shed was applied to the mercy seat up in Heaven.
Jesus, my Intercessor, is ever mindful of who I am, where I am and what it is I should be doing. He goes to the Father on my behalf. He shows Him the blood, His hands, and His feet and reminds Him that our sin debt has been paid in full.
His righteousness is now imputed onto our account. I am seen as holy, righteous and without sin – all because of Jesus Christ.
When who I am and where I am going when I die is settled, you would think that not much else would shake us – but it does!
Because we are to live by faith, our enemy gets us to doubt the very promises He gave us to cling to when trouble comes. Rest assured; trouble will come!
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Trouble will most definitely come into the life of every child of God. But there is nothing to fear.
1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”
Dwelling inside every believer is the earnest of God’s promise – the Holy Spirit of God. His presence, power, provision, and protection are there for us to face whatever may come our way. When the arrows of doubt, fear, and indecision seem to overwhelm us, we need to run to the Rock that higher than I. We need to come under those wings of protection; the shelter in the time of the storm, and the One Who is our shield; our buckler; and our high tower.
As His child, I have armor available to withstand whatever my enemy may hurl my way.
The sweet psalmist of God began this song with:
Psalm 27:1 “A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Knowing God is strong is one thing. Believing He is strong; relying on that strength, and trusting it through all the storms of life will grow our faith not only to continue, but be rooted and grounded in our faith.
Dwelling in the presence of God will fill you with confidence this world cannot give.
Psalm 27:3 “Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.”
Hear David’s assurance as he tells us:
Psalm 27:4-6 “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD.”
The difference many fail to grasp is between head knowledge and true faith.
True faith puts God to the test. Trusting He will do what it is He said and finding Him faithful, breeds confidence, a calm assurance, and grows our faith.
Trouble IS coming – will you be ready?