It has been said that when we fear God, we need not fear anything else. And we see this so clearly in this psalm.
David starts by singing,
The LORD is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?
When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident. (1-3)
Even in the midst of trouble, David’s first thought was not of his deliverance from his problems, but of seeking God’s face. Of having sweet fellowship with his Savior. He prays,
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: 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 seek him in his temple. (4)
So often, especially in times of trouble, our prayers are, “Help me.” But in times of trouble, David cried out, “I want you. I want to look upon you. I want to know you.”
Why? Because he knew that if he put himself in God’s hands, God would take care of him. He sang,
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.
Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD. (5-6)
I like how the NASB puts verse 8.
When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”
Here we see God calling out to us, saying, “Seek me.” How often do we miss out on peace in our lives because we fail to do just that? Instead, we focus on our problems and in the process become overwhelmed by them. How much better would our lives be if we took our eyes off of these things, turned our eyes toward God, and said, “Your face, O Lord, I will seek?”
For though those around us may abandon us or let us down, God never will. As David sang,
Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. (10)
Then after praying for God’s guidance and deliverance through his troubles, he proclaims,
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. (13)
It’s so easy to say, “God is good,” when things are good. But how often do we proclaim his goodness when things are bad? But because David has his eyes firmly fixed upon God, even though things were rough, he could still say, “God is good.”
And so he tells us who are struggling as he did,
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. (14)
Lord, through times of trouble, help me to wait on you. Help me to keep believing in your goodness. Help me to remember that you’re always with me, though I can’t always see or feel you. Lord, my one desire is to know you. Help me to hear your voice as you call to me. And give me a heart that seeks you always. In Jesus name, amen.