|I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. –Psalm 34:4-5
David wrote Psalm 34 after the Lord delivered him from the hands of King Achish in Gath (see 1 Samuel 21:10-15). David fled from Saul and went to King Achish in Gath. When he got there, King Achish’s servants told the king about David’s successes and called him the king of the land. When David found out that the king knew who he was, he became afraid and pretended to be a madman, running around and letting saliva run down his beard. The Lord delivered him from Achish’s hands that day. In the first part of Psalm 34, David praised the Lord for delivering him in answer to his prayers.
When David faced a seemingly insurmountable situation, he turned to the only person that he knew could save him and that was the Lord. I once watched my little nephew crying, and I couldn’t seem to figure out what to do to stop his tears. I tried making funny faces and rocking him, but it was to no avail. When his mother came in, he looked up at her and stretched out his hands and she picked him up and he immediately stopped crying. I wondered why I couldn’t make him stop crying, and his mother said to me, “He knows that I have what he needs and he trusts that I will feed him; don’t feel bad, you just don’t have the ‘goodies’.”
When we look to the face of the Lord in faith, something incredible happens. Our situations may not change, but we change. The Lord comforts us, He strengthens us, He directs us, and so much more. When we look to Him, we must trust the He has what we need and will give it to us at the right time. David wanted us to know that the goodness of the Lord that he enjoyed was available to all God’s people who would adjust and control their thinking to focus on Him. When David writes about looking to God, he is not talking about a mere physical look, he is talking about the focus of our minds and hearts; he is talking about placing all of our hope, trust and expectation on Him.
Looking to the Lord should not be a passive one time event. No! It should be a constant and active looking with a spirit of faith and expectation. We must always look to Jesus and be aware of His presence in every single area of our lives. We must look to Him for everything as a child looks to his mother. The author of Hebrews tells us in Hebrews 12:2-3 to Let us FIX our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God…consider Him…so that you will not grow weary and loose heart.
Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. I dare you to fix your eyes on Him today!
Grace and peace be with you.
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