“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.” –Psalm 27:4-5 KJV
I think the Devil, that Old Serpent, has been attacking me and some of my dear friends full force this past week. We’ve all struggled with confusion, stress, frustration, and discouragement. It’s been pretty rough. We were all very focused on one thing: seeking the Lord with passion. Fervency. Then the attacks came– one after another. Over and over again. I was emotionally drained, and physically exhausted. At first I found myself quoting “The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses” (Ps. 25:17) in a whiny, desperate way. I read Psalm 27:4 over and over. “Lord, why am I going through this?” I kept asking. “All I wanted was to please You.”
Then I got to verse 5 and I was blown away. God never promised me that things would be easy; He never said He would make the problems go away. But He did promise that He would take care of me. He promised to hide me in His own secret places; He promised to set me on a rock, firm and strong, despite the crashing waves and howling gale. All I needed to do was trust Him, and continue to obey. And He helped me! Not all the problems have necessarily gone away, but I have the peace of God knowing that He is in control, and that His way is perfect.
“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” –Psalm 27:13-14 KJV