“Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident,” Psalm 27:3
I’d say, beyond a shadow of a doubt that confidence is something that is truly lacking among many. It’s a trait that seems to be disappearing as generations go by. The forefathers of our nation were made of sterner stuff. They had within them a pioneer spirit that allowed them to forge forward into unknown territories and discover new worlds despite the many obstacles that would try to block their progress.
How many times have we wished for that same fortitude of mind? How many times have we endeavored to push forth into our own unknown territories just to be pushed back again because we lacked the confidence we needed. God has many plans and many purposes for each individual but unfortunately many will never see them come to fruition because they don’t believe enough in themselves or enough in the God they serve to keep moving forward.
David declared in 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.” Can I tell you something? David may have been quoted as “a man after God’s own heart,” (Acts 13:22), but he was also a man of great troubles. Sometimes to the point, as the verse states, of feeling totally surrounded by enemies, struggles, and just the plain old everyday stuff in life that can strip an individual of that wherewithal to make it through. That tries to strip away the fortitude that it takes to prevent one from quitting and venturing into their dreams, stopping them from stepping out to be the person they want to be.
Rather, David said, “In this will I be confident.” In other words, no matter what else is going on around me in my life, my faith will not be shaken. I will stand tall as a good soldier, as a pioneer for God, and move forward despite the obstacles that try to hinder me.
David knew where to place his trust. In Psalm 27:1 he said, “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?” Because of where his trust lays he was able to make the personal statement of “In this will I be confident.” I will be confident because I know that no matter where I am in life or where I’m trying to go; no matter the hosts against me or the stumbling blocks in front of me, GOD’S GOT MY BACK! One can never speak of that personal confidence that David had if they cannot declare this foundational truth: “The LORD is my light and my salvation . . .the LORD is the strength of my life.” That’s why Proverbs 3:26 opens up our understanding by telling us “For the LORD shall be thy confidence and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”
Whatever is trying to snatch the footing out from under you to knock you off your course, hold on today, be confident in God, then that will allow you to be confident in yourself. Once you have that sure footing you also can venture forth into your new territories, with your head held high because today you are confident!
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I have noticed a lot more anxiety in youth these days. I think it goes together with this, although I am not sure what the reason behind it all is.
I don’t know either but I can speculate. I used to keep a plaque in my bathroom that had a poem on it: Children Learn What They Live. It could be those who have influence over their lives may also themselves lack in confidence (just speculating, not pointing fingers at all).
My husband and I, and others also have noted that this generation of children have a lot more to deal with as far as social pressures, measuring up, violence, crime, etc. Technology doesn’t always foster this in a positive way. The enemy preys on these weaknesses (through the mind or through peers or both).
I recently just finished reading “Tortured for Christ” again, and it was noted how the communist take the youth to brainwash them into their beliefs. The enemy always likes to attack the youth in hopes of cutting off another generation. As a matter of fact, I was listening yesterday to a teaching by David Jeremiah, and he has been talking on how they took Daniel as a youth and hoped to instill in him the ways of Babylon. But, his faith was already founded solidly in God.
Perhaps that’s the crux of the matter, with the enemy, with the communists and with the Babylonians, faith has to be constantly instilled from earliest age possible to help produce a young adult who can solidly stand on Christ.
My heart is sadden when I see the hopelessness of some of our youth. As an adult you can see the potential, but it’s so hard to convince some of them that. Faith and confidence are spiritual muscles that have to be exercised before they can start to grow into the champions that we know they can be.
May the Lord bless our children: “All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children,” (Isaiah 54:13, NKJV).
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