Equipped for the Valley

Daily Devotional.
InTouch.org with Dr. Charles Stanley

Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Read | Psalm 27:11-14

A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God.
A Psalm of David.
    1The LORD is my light and my salvation;
         Whom shall I fear?
         The LORD is the
defense of my life;
         
Whom shall I dread?
    
2When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh,
         My adversaries and my enemies, they
stumbled and fell. 
    
3Though a host encamp against me,
         My heart will not fear;
         Though war arise against me,
         In spite of this I shall be
confident.
    
4 One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:
         That I may
dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
         To behold
the [a]beauty of the LORD
         And to
[b]meditate in His temple.
    
5For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle;
         In the secret place of His tent He will
hide me;
         He will
lift me up on a rock.
    
6And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
         And I will offer in His tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
         I will
sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.
    
7Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice,
         And be gracious to me and
answer me.
    
8When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,
         “Your face, O LORD,
I shall seek.”
    
9Do not hide Your face from me,
         Do not turn Your servant away in
anger;
         You have been
my help;
         
Do not abandon me nor forsake me,
         O God of my salvation!
    
10For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
         But
the LORD will take me up.
    11Teach me Your way, O LORD,
         And lead me in a
level path
         Because of my foes.
    
12Do not deliver me over to the desire of my adversaries,
         For
false witnesses have risen against me,
         And such as
breathe out violence.
    
13I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD
         In the
land of the living.
    
14Wait for the LORD;
         Be
strong and let your heart take courage;
         Yes, wait for the LORD.

O Lord, may I call this Psalm a song of my own… a melody from  my own heart… Oh how I long to embrace?!  Praise the Lord, for HE IS GREAT!
                  …a psalm of jams4JESUS

If a sermon is worth listening to, make it a habit to write down the important points. Writing etches wisdom deeper into your heart and mind, which is where you build a foundation of biblical theology.

Christians cannot afford to let a message wash over their ears and drift away: believers who aren’t listeners may panic upon walking into a spiritual valley. Since they’ve retained very little teaching, their understanding of the Lord will be limited. People with a shaky theological foundation don’t realize: 1) God
is upholding them through their difficulty (Isa. 41:10); 2) it has purpose (Rom. 8:28-29); and 3) they must surrender to His work in their life or be set aside—still a believer but useless to the kingdom (Rom. 12:1-2). Consequently, a believer without a solid biblical foundation may seek out counsel from worldly “problem solvers” who offer only temporary release from pain and fear.

David, the psalm’s author, said that he did not fear evil (Ps. 23:4). He knew God. What did he have to be scared of when the One who controls everything was on his side? How could he be stifled by anxiety while in the Spirit’s comforting presence? The writer held God to His promises and God delivered (Ps. 23). But the psalmist had to know those pledges in order to believe that the Lord would keep them.

A spiritual relationship heavy on emotion but light on facts falters in a valley. Believers must know how Scripture applies to life. Unless you have a belief system that can withstand pressure, pain, and criticism, you are at risk. Start building your biblical foundation so it will help you in times of need.

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About jam4JESUS

I... 'will seek [First] the LORD my God, and I will find Him if I seek Him with all my heart and with all my soul.' Deut. 4:29 I... 'shall love the LORD my God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my strength.' Deut. 6:5 I... 'Trust in the LORD with all my heart, And lean not on my own understanding; In all ways... acknowledge Him, And He shall make my path straight.' Proverbs 3:5-6 I... 'remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you' 2Tim. 1:6 I... 'thank God, whom I serve... without ceasing... I... remember YOU in my prayers night and day,' 2Tim. 1:3 I... am to 'Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let my requests be made known to God' Phil. 4:6 I... KNOW: 'I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.' Phil.4:13 'My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.' Phil. 4:19 'My GOD will never leave me, nor forsake me.' Heb. 13:5 JESUS so loves me, this I... KNOW
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