Devotion: Confident Men

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living.

Psalm 27:13

There is a difference between certainty and confidence. Certainty is a guarantee that things will happen precisely as you think they should. Confidence is trusting that though things may not be happening as you want God is up to something.

David pens these words when the world around him is not going as expected. He was anointed as the future king of Israel around the age of 10. Around 14 he started to serve in Saul’s court until he was 18. Then he became commander of Saul’s army, married Saul’s daughter and befriended Saul’s son.

It would seem as though life were going perfectly in accordance to God’s plan for David to inherit the throne. However, Saul eventually found himself threatened by David and David had to run and hide for nearly a decade. This is certainly not the life David would have imagined for a future king.

However, as he felt the pressure of wicked enemies baring down on him (v.2), an army besieging him (v.3), having been rejected by his mother and father (v.10), David was able to write that he remains confident in the Lord.

His confidence rests in the trust and belief that the Lord will demonstrate His goodness in the land of the living.

He needed only to Wait on the Lord.

In Biblical Time frame – waiting is not wasting. Waiting is the development of patience so that we can have “long obedience in the same direction” (Nietzsche).

So what are you waiting on? Do you have confidence that the Lord will do His goodness?

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