Google+ 04/24/13 Surrounded on All Sides!

Psalm 27:1-3

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The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.
Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid.
Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.
 

 

David is talking about salvation in the Old Testament?  Yes he is!  David, like Paul, basically lived two separate lives.  There was his first life without God.  All of us have one of those.  We all experience times when the enemy has won, temporary as it might be.  There are times when we have stepped away from God to pursue "greener pastures,"  only to find that we were already in the greenest, most fruitful field we could ever find.  When this happens, we repent and run back to God our fortress.  David chose his words carefully and perfectly in our Scripture today.  Think about a fortress.  Most often, we don't build a fortress at all unless there is real or perceived danger.  When we build the fortress, it is usually located right in the middle of the conflict.  The very nature of a fortress will find us most often surrounded by our enemies.  We construct the fortress in such a way that danger can not reach us, so why should we be afraid?  The idea that we will be attacked as Christians following Jesus, is a given!  It is not a question of "if," but of "when."  Many times the answer to this question is all the time!  The great news is that we have Jesus as our salvation.  Why is that?  The reason is simple.  We experience the resurrection power of Easter in our lives every day.  Please don't paint a picture in your mind of Easter, that finds a cross with the Savior risen and no where to be found.  Jesus is with us always as we suffer the attacks of life.  When He ascended, He left the Holy Spirit to dwell within us.  Be careful though.  Jesus tells us that only as believers can we enjoy fellowship with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  If we reject Christ, we also reject the Holy Spirit and its protection and conviction.  That is exactly what makes the Lord David's light and salvation, even in times of trouble.  There is a phrase that is bantered around in Christian circles that is very appropriate in our discussion today.  Many people are "fair-weather Christians."   They commune with God when things are going well and sometimes even thank Him for their blessings.  When trials come, which they always do since we live in the world and not in heaven, these very same people blame God for whatever happens to them, and many times, run for those "greener pastures."  Listen to David and his psalm today.  David is speaking about his relationship with God in tough times.  David realizes he is surrounded by enemies, and the only way out of this situation, is to use God as our fortress.  Only then, can we stop trembling.  Only then, can we stop the fear.  Today, look at your life and realize God is also our salvation.  Don't be "fair-weather Christians."  You will need Him today, because we are all "Surrounded on All Sides!"