When the wicked advance against me
to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident. Psalm 27:2-3

King David is using extremes to make a very solid point: even if the world should come crashing down, I will not fear, and will be confident. That’s the kind of confidence that trusting in God brings.

These verses are similar to Daniel 3:16-18:
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

The three in the furnace were extremely confident that the Lord would rescue them, but even if He didn’t, they would not bow to the idols. Today’s verses are similar in that David also stood his ground and would not bend or yield.

We are quickly coming to a point in our culture when we may have to take such a stand. Deciding up front what you will do is critical, just like the three in the furnace declared. Secondly, knowing there are thousands if not millions of others who will not bend should be in the back of our minds because it’s easy to lose sight of others who might be taking the same stand.

Those two come naturally when we have been trusting Christ day by day, month by month.

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