On top of seeing the world go through crisis after crisis, we also all must fight our own personal battles during this life. How is it possible to act under all this pressure? How can we gain the confidence of David when we are so anxious and scared?
When the early Church was persecuted and received threats from all sides, the first christians chose to turn to God and pray: “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness.” (Acts 4: 29). Of course, it is natural to be afraid in the face of danger, but prayer can renew your confidence in the Lord. This Psalm from the Bible is a profession of faith in God by David. Let us follow his footsteps and proclaim our faith, and pray that the Word of God be accomplished in our hearts!
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
4 One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.
7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord; be merciful to me and answer me.
8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, Lord, I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.
13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.