Joyce Meyer - Psalm 27
Well, thank you for joining us today on "Enjoying Everyday Life," something I think we all want to do. And, you know, all the principles found in God's Word is really what helps us do that. Jesus said that He came that we might have and enjoy our life and have it in abundance to the full until it overflows.
And so, today I want to teach you from Psalm 27. It's actually one of my favorite psalms in the Bible. It had a real profound effect on my own life, and as you know, we've been being diligent to take time on a regular basis to study the word with you, not just read it, but study it, something I'm encouraging you to do on your own.
So, here we go, psalm 27, "The Lord is my light and my salvation... Whom shall I fear or dread?" Let's just take a little pause right there and think for a minute about dread.
I think a lot of times we don't think enough about how miserable dreading things makes us. You know, we hear a lot of teaching about fear but, other than my own, I've never heard any teaching on dread, that doesn't mean it's not out there, but dread is a very close relative of fear, and it's useless to dread something that you're gonna need to do anyway.
So, "I dread this, I dread that. I dread the traffic this morning," you know? And so, I think that that's something that everybody needs to kind of realize that that's not something that we need to be doing. Really, it's like a big energy drain, I think, when you just dread things.
And part of what I've learned to do is when I know that I have something coming up, like a couple of weeks ago, I had a medical test that I needed to go take. Nothing wrong, it was just a thing I needed to do. And it wasn't a pleasant test and so I can't tell you how many times it came up in my mind, and then I would just say, "You know what, I'm not gonna think about it. I'm just not gonna think about it till the time comes for me to do it," because the Bible teaches us that God always enables us to do what we need to do when we need to do it.
But just like He gave the Israelites manna one day at a time, we may be looking today at something we have to do days from now and we might feel overwhelmed by it because the grace is not there yet for us to do it. So, I wonder how many of you watching right now are dreading something, and so maybe just hearing that is gonna help you go ahead and enjoy the day that you have.
So, David not only said, "I will not fear," but he says, "I will not dread". "The Lord is the refuge and stronghold of my life... of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even my enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, and to make me... they stumbled and they fell. Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, [even then] in this will I be confident".
So, I just kind of wonder if David was talking about his experience or if he was making some good, positive confessions. I think it was a mixture of both. And, you know, one thing if you're big on making confessions or confessing the word out loud, which you should be if you work for me because, you know, that's what I like to do.
I really believe in the power of confessing the Word of God. I think it helps renew our mind and I think it helps us to be prepared for things ahead. So, maybe David was saying, "Look, I will not fear. I will not dread. Even when my enemies come against me, God will cause them to fall. I will not live in fear".
So, let's just take a moment and let's talk about some things concerning fear because fear really, if you get right down to it, fear just plain torments us. I mean, fear is just absolutely miserable. And actually, the fear that we have of a thing is often worse than actually going through the thing when it comes.
So, we can just blow things so out of proportion in our own mind by dreading and fearing. And, of course, the one thing that gives us confidence, which David said, "I am confident," and keeps us from living in fear is knowing that God loves us.
Really, if you do a thorough study on the Word of God and you get right down to it, the one main reason that God gives us for not fearing is because, "I am with you. Fear not, for I am with you. Fear not, for I am with you".
And so, keeping in mind that God's with us at all times is something I think we do need to keep in mind because when you can't see someone and in some ways, you know, we don't always think we feel God, but we need to keep in mind, God is with us all the time. And so, something that's a good habit to form, especially if you're going through a tough time, is just even several times a day, just take a little praise pause and say, "God is with me right now," right now.
You know, I love something that I heard not too long ago is God is never more than one thought away. And I love that because we can bring God right into our consciousness at anytime just by thinking God is with me.