Daring Confidence

O Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, “god will not deliver him.” But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. Psalm 3:1-3

Martin Luther, the prominent leader of the Protestant Reformation, said, “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain, that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times.” Martin Luther could have easily been speaking about the life of King David. Why? Because David must have staked his life confidently on God’s grace, strength, and protection more than a thousand times.

The third Psalm, written by David when he fled from his son Absalom, portrays the remarkable confidence of a man who solely relied on the saving grace of his Lord. In today’s passage, David considered how many were his foes as they rose up against him. But yet, deep within his heart, David understands the Lord is his strong shield and he need not fear his foes.

Even in the crucible of his chaotic crisis, David makes the correct choice by confidently trusting in the Lord. It is a daring confidence we as Christians must learn to apply to every turbulent trial we face. No matter how chaotic the circumstance, the Lord is, and always will be, our strong, sustainable shield.

He is the Lord over our life even in the midst of adversity. Why should we fear? Why should we doubt? Why should we be anxious? As the Apostle Paul so aptly put in his letter to the Romans, “If God be for us, who can be against us?” We, like King David, are more than conquerors because the Lord is the strong shield surrounding us.

This is precisely how I live my life with Early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. I am confident that the Lord is my strong shield so I am not afraid. Perhaps you are in the crucible of a chaotic crisis as well. If so, stand steadfast because the strong shield of the Lord surrounds you. You need not fear for God is with you and He will protect you. Therefore, maintain your daring confidence in God’s grace as He works to the good in your unique situation. If King David could do it, then surely you can too!

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