Though an army encamp against me,

my heart shall not fear;

though war arise against me,

yet I will be confident.

Psalm 27: 3

 

David knew what war looked like. He knew it in every sense that it could be experienced in his days, for he had engaged in the battle against nations that desired to overthrow Israel and he had encountered individuals who sought to destroy him personally. David also understood the deep, soul-wrenching fight that can come about inside of a person’s own mind and spirit. Some of the armies that set up camp opposite him were great in number with their array of swords, arrows, and battle horses; and sometimes the opposing army was a single person with a spear that is hurled in a rage. At other times the conflict is waged on that rough field of the mind. Yet, in all of these situations, the war and its terrors are real.

 

We live in a world where conflict and war are a part of the narrative of our days. There is a frightening uncertainty to life today that is all but impossible to avoid; however, God still says that we are to seek His face and not fear. The assailants that most of us encounter are carrying a different sort of weapon than those who confronted David. They are often armed with words that describe us in negative terms, with laws that restrict or redefine our actions, and with threats of loss in the workplace and in relationships. Although the engagements that result in this conflict don’t draw literal blood, they do shed the blood of our spirits and wound our hearts and minds.

 

Fear of physical harm from violence of all types is real and is best engaged with by turning to the Lord and in trust of His care and protection for all that actually matters. These other sources of fear are far more prevalent for most of us, and they are frequently the sort of thing that Satan uses in an attempt to disable and defeat followers of Christ. So it seems that David’s thoughts about engaging the battles of life with confident fearlessness still apply to our days and to the landscape of our cultural battlefields. David’s response to his enemies was to turn to the Lord, to cry out to God and surrender his cares, fears, and concerns to Him; then, he listened to God’s words of wise counsel, comfort, and encouragement; finally, David recognized that he was just a servant to the Great King. So, the victory was certain and the victor in each and every conflict will be the Lord.

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