Psalm 20

Twitter, Facebook, the latest magazine, chat show,or dinner party: you no longer need to jump on a train, navigate the Underground and finally pop out at Speakers’ Corner to be bombarded by ideas, opinions and suggestions. They’re all around us! We live in a world drowning in opinions. In this type of environment, it is easy to feel squeezed and suffocated, losing our ability to say what we believe and believe what we say. If I say something what will others think of me? What if I’m wrong? What if others have better arguments than me? What if they have questions that leave me stumped and embarrassed? If we’re not careful, we can become cautious and guarded, losing the joy and simplicity of walking with God.

Here in Psalm 20:6 we see a remarkable moment when a singular voice breaks through the hubbub of opinions and speculation and declares with absolute clarity ‘Now this I know’, and then goes on to say’The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand’. This is the language of faith!

Now faith, as the writer to the Hebrews says, is ‘confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see’ (Hebrews 11:1). In a world of opinions and counter-opinions, now-this-I-know type of faith can be pressed out of us. Today, why don’t you ask yourself again, ‘What is it that I really know about God and his ways?’ If you struggle to answer that question, why don’t you to turn to the many promises of scripture and allow them to flood your heart afresh with the unchanging (Numbers 23:19; Malachi 3:6), protector (2 Timothy 4:18;Psalm 91:4), healing (Isaiah 53:4-5; Acts 10:38; Mark 1:41), comforting, saving (1 John 5:13; John 10:27-29), providing (Philippians 4:19; Matthew 6:33) nature of our God!

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