Courageous Hearts

from Lynda Lindsey

Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. Psalm 27:3

One thing have I asked 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 gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple. For He will hide me in His shelter in the day of trouble; He will conceal me under the cover of His tent; He will lift me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:4-5

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14 

David depicts daunting circumstance that would leave many cowering in fear, yet David stands his ground, bold and courageous, confident in the Lord’s protection. Although enemies assailed David like evildoers hungrily stalking prey, lying in wait, eager for his destruction, David claimed his enemies, not he, would stumble and fall. Surrounded on all sides, liars breathing out violence against him, forsaken, David sought refuge in the Lord, the stronghold of his life, his light and salvation. 

David, by God’s covering, was hidden and concealed from his enemies. Not only was David hidden and concealed, covered over, sheltered by God’s grace and mercy, he was lifted high upon a solid rock of faith. David’s heart desired God; the closer David got to God, the more David desired God. To be with God, to be in His presence, to see the Lord’s beauty, and to worship the Lord filled David with courage, strength, confidence…and songs! David, enduring grievous trials, offered up songs to the Lord. 

Even under appalling circumstances godly men and women can choose to sing and make melody in their hearts. Remember Paul and Silas? They rocked the jailhouse with singing at the midnight hour after being beaten, flogged, and imprisoned with their feet fastened in stocks. God was on their side, what could man do? Daunting, appalling circumstances? God is not caught unaware. Trust. Take courage, be strong, wait for the Lord’s deliverance. And while waiting, sing and shout for joy. It’s counterintuitive, but it’s the way of courage.